7. Urban Waterways and Water Sensitive Cities

This project will transform urban waterways from open drains into community assets that are full of life.

Catchment Partners Forum members have worked with the communities of Bendigo and Castlemaine to change the way waterways are viewed.

We are now seeking support to renew local waterways with social, recreational, cultural and economic benefits whilst improving stormwater management and urban development practices.

Works will include weed removal, wetland construction, native vegetation and building recreational infrastructure.

A good example of these works the Catchment Partners Forum plans to do is the Reimagining Bendigo Creek Plan which has been developed with significant consultation across the whole community.

Proposed actions

Undertake an Integrated Water Management Plan for the township of Castlemaine.

Implement the Reimagining Bendigo Creek plan.

Implement Wanyarram Dhelk.

For more information contact:
City of Greater Bendigo (03) 5434 6000

The North Central CMA and our Catchment Partners Forum have developed several options for you or your organisation to contribute to this exciting project including: 

  • In-kind support (such as donation of goods, services or volunteer work). 
  • Strategic support (such as becoming a project partner in the delivery or planning).
  • Making a financial contribution (such as contributing to the contribution (such as contributing to the costs of project delivery).

For more information contact: North Central CMA (03) 5448 7124

Project details


Native Species

Tourism/ Recreation


Traditional Owner Self Determination

Community Safety/ Risk and Climate Change

ThemeResilient cities
BenefitsNative species, Tourism/ Recreation, Environmental, Traditional Owner, Community Safety/ Risk and Climate Change
Lead partnerCity of Greater Bendigo and Mount Alexander Shire Council
Delivery PartnerNorth Central CMA, Dja Dja Wurrung, Coliban Water and DEECA
StakeholdersCommunities, Universities, Agriculture Victoria, Parks Victoria, EPA, Goulburn-Muarry Water, Department of Health and Human services
StatusPlanning and in delivery
LocationBendigo, Castlemaine
UN Sustainable Development Goals3. Good Health and wellbeing, 6. Clean water and sanitation, 8. Decent work and economic growth, 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure, 11. Sustainable cities and communities, 13. Climate Action, 14. Life below water, 15. Life on Land, 17. Partnerships for the goals