Bendigo Creek cleans up

Posted on 20 December 2018

Efforts to improve the health of the Bendigo Creek took a step forward yesterday when the minister for water came to town.
Nanjing Night Net

Minister Lisa Neville announced $330,000 towards the Bendigo Creek Project atthe regional launch of the Water for Victoria plan –designed to addressthe challenges of population growth and climate change.

Ms Neville said the Bendigo Creek Project was beingdriving in collaboration between water authorities and Dja Dja Wurrung traditional owners.

The local Aboriginal community will help identify restoration and enhancement opportunities on Dja Dja Wurrung country – including the potential for areas along the creek to be used for cultural education, she said.

“It’s going to be a great project, we’re looking at how we can make that space, that connection, that’s used very well with cycling and people really enjoying that area, making it an even more beautiful space,” she said.

Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation chief executive officerRodney Carter hailed what he described as a “significant vision”.

“For us, as a people to be involved in that, embedded back in the landscape is truly humbling and if our ancestors can still hear our voice, see what we are doing today –aside from the sadness of the opportunities that they missed out on –they’d be very proud.

For theDja Dja Wurrung, because that’s what we are trying to be as a first people, this is about bringing employment andskills.”

Bendigo Sustainability Group vice president Chris Corr said the $330,000 earmarked for the ‘Bendigo Creek Project’ was an important start –but that a full restoration would cost “many, many millions of dollars”.

“This is a good start to addressing the impacts ofclimate change, which is a real problem–we’re on track in Bendigo to have a climate like Horsham’s, which is significantly hotter and drier,” MrCorr said.

“So we’ve got to take steps to limit those impacts and creating green spaces will be a critical part of that.”

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