Heathcote community presents petition to council
Residents in Heathcote and surrounds have for over 2 years approached me about the potential to identify a space in Heathcote for locals and visitors to exercise their dogs in a safe 'off-leash' space. I am very pleased to see that the community have continued this advocacy and supported the submission of a petition of 271 signatures in this light.
The work concurrently underway with the Heathcote Township Plan has also flagged a dog park as a significant opportunity and as one of your Eppalock Ward Councillors I am keen to continue the advocacy on this matter for the community. I look forward to receiving the Officer's report on a future dog park in Heathcote. With over 900 registered four-legged friends in the Heathcote area, this type of open space investment could deliver a big outcome for health and wellbeing, social interaction and improving open spaces in the township of Heathcote.
With over 900 registered four-legged friends in the Heathcote area, this type of open space investment could deliver a big outcome
Eppalock Ward Tour #2
In late August, the Eppalock Ward Councillors headed out for our second Ward Tour to meet with local community groups and visit key infrastructure locations. Our day started with a tour of Catherine McAuley College's Coolock Campus in Junortoun. Met by Year 7 SRC representatives we were shown key building works underway and toured the sport ovals earmarked for future redevelopment opportunities for the ever growing school numbers anticipated with the growth of the east corridors of Junortoun, Strathfieldsaye and beyond.
The next stop on the rainy morning our our tour was to meet with the Junortoun Action Group at the Bendigo Baptist Church who were eagerly awaiting to show Councillors and City staff the Phascogale nesting box samples built in conjunction with local students. The Junortoun Action Group provided a comprehensive overview of key community priorities outlined in the current Junortoun Community Plan before we headed off to visit representatives at Domain Village and take part in a Q&A session with residents. We thoroughly enjoyed a guided tour through the village and inspected the newly constructed fishing pond, men's shed and gym facilities.
Later on for lunch at Axedale Tavern we took the time to meet with Axedale Our Town - Our Future representatives and visited the Axedale Community Library agency and Food Share satellite location now operating from the Axedale Hall.
Our ward tour was then completed with a ride along the newly constructed Strathfieldsaye to Junortoun bicycle and walking trail on e-bikes from the City of Greater Bendigo. It was a great opportunity to experience the newly completed trail which is now highly used as a key corridor between the two suburbs. A big shout out to the Strathfieldsaye and District Community Enterprise who contributed to this key community project.
The Junortoun Action Group provided a comprehensive overview of key community priorities outlined in the current Junortoun Community Plan
Place Interpretation & Naming Policy
I was pleased to support the adoption of the Place Interpretation and Naming Policy for all public space owned and managed by the City of Greater Bendigo.
This important policy will apply to all requests that intend to mark an occasion, event, person or organisation, or name a place or feature that can be considered to have an outcome that will create a sense of place.
It is is important to note that the policy will only apply to public space owned and managed by the City of Greater Bendigo. It does not include private land, public land not owned by the city or regulatory signage such as traffic and warning signs, tourist and service signs, advertising signs at public spaces, plaques for State Heritage listed buildings; and naming for subdivisions. These matters will be referred to the appropriate authority.
The policy has been developed with two elements in mind. First is that of place-making and second is of best practice asset management. When place naming is done well it enhances and promotes community wellbeing and improves identity, which even positively impacts response and location for emergency services for example. When done poorly it creates spaces that are cluttered with ad hoc signs, monuments and interpretation boards that can cause confusion, bear no relation to each other and can contribute to poor design and use of open space.
The policy takes a holistic view of the public space with each new request. Each request will need to meet the relevant policy principles. The principles consider matters such as the municipal significance of the event, whether the request is relevant to the public space, is inclusive of our community, or represents the diversity of Greater Bendigo's stories. Additionally, each request will need to meet every one of the ten identified conditions set out in the policy that allow for the request to be properly risk assessed and compliant, which includes, amongst other things that the request is safe, accessible, is not duplicated elsewhere in the municipality, communicates effectively, and is of appropriate scale.
When place naming is done well it enhances and promotes community wellbeing and improves identity
2018 Bendigo Tourism Annual General Meeting
The Bendigo Tourism Board Annual General Meeting and dinner was held on Monday 17th September at the beautiful Chateau Dore Vineyard in Mandurang. A well attended meeting by saw the election of new members to the Bendigo Tourism Board including Charlie Loftus (Welcome Stranger Motel), Julius Porlai (Mon Coeur), Peter Abbott (Bendigo Heritage Attractions) and the re-election of Finn Vedelsby (Rocks on Rosalind). They join existing members Sonia Anthony (Masons of Bendigo) and Paul Greblo (Sandhurst Ridge Winery). Congratulations to the new Board members elected and farewell and big thank you to the legacy that outgoing Chair, Kath Bolitho, and long standing board members, Bob Downing and Yvonne Oxenham leave at the Bendigo Tourism Board. The evening also included the presentation of the Kathryn McKenzie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Tourism, which was awarded to Karl Penrose from Central Deborah Gold Mine.
Attendees at the AGM dinner were also treated to the insights and upcoming opportunities for Central Victoria from Felicia Mariani from the Victorian Tourism Industry Council CEO. Felicia left us with a key message, Tourism: Regional Victoria's job solution. I like it and agree!
The next Council meeting is on Wednesday 17th October, 2018 at 6pm at the Bendigo Town Hall, perhaps I might see you there? Or you can tune in via the live broadcast on Phoenix FM 106.7
Yvonne Wrigglesworth is a Councillor in the Eppalock Ward, City of Greater Bendigo Council.