Greater Bendigo Flood Recovery Talks

January 16, 2024 9:26 am in by
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Greater Bendigo Council wants to hear from flood-impacted residents as water levels reside and the clean-up begins.

The Roving Recovery drop-in sessions will allow flood-impacted residents to share how they have been impacted by recent flooding and learn about recovery support and the services available. Light refreshments will be provided and all are welcome – no bookings are required.

Roving Recovery sessions will be held across the region:

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  • Heathcote – Barrack Reserve, Barrack Street
    Wednesday January 17, 9.30am-1pm
  • Redesdale – Redesdale Hall, 2631 Kyneton-Redesdale Road
    Wednesday January 17, 2pm-4pm
  • Goornong – Goornong Hall, 32 Railway Place South (Midland Highway)
    Thursday January 18, 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Huntly – Huntly Hall, 647 Midland Highway
    Thursday January 18, 1.30pm-4pm

Mayor Andrea Metcalf encourages flood-affected residents to make the most of services.

Mayor Metcalf says, “this is a great opportunity to tap into a range of services to get the support needed, from help with insurance and accessing emergency relief grants to managing mental health and wellbeing.”

“These locations have been chosen as they have been the most impacted, however, any flood-affected resident can visit any drop-in session.”

In response to the overwhelming concern expressed by the Huntly community regarding flooding, drainage, and development in the area, Greater Bendigo Council has an additional drop-in opportunity for residents to meet with staff tomorrow from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Huntly Memorial Hall.

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Mayor Metcalf says, “the City has heard the Huntly community’s frustration and requests for further assistance to discuss the flooding experienced in this community.”

“City staff with expertise in engineering, planning, waste, and recovery will be on hand to answer questions, together with representatives from the North Central Catchment Management Authority.”

Additionally, free flood waste disposal is available for residents until Sunday, January 28th.

Residents can dispose of flood waste for free at the Eaglehawk Landfill and Heathcote, Strathfieldsaye, and Goornong transfer stations. Sand and sandbags should be disposed of through general waste bins, skip bins, or be taken to landfill.