The City of Bendigo is rolling out a number of programs to support flood recovery in the region, including Roving Recovery drop-in sessions, a flood drop-in session in Huntly, and free skip bins, landfill and transfer station drop-off for the removal of flood waste. 

The Roving Recovery drop-in sessions will be held across Greater Bendigo, with support from other agencies, to give people an opportunity to share how they have been impacted by recent flooding and learn about recovery support and services available. 

The sessions will be held in: 

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

City of Bendigo Mayor, Andrea Metcalf, encouraged flood affected residents to make the most of services coming to them.

“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,” Mayor Metcalf said. 

“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 concerns expressed by the Huntly community regarding flooding, drainage and development in the area, the City has arranged a drop-in opportunity for residents to meet with City staff on Wednesday 17 January from 4pm-7pm at the Huntly Memorial Hall. 

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

“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.”

Flood affected residents have access to free waste disposal until Sunday 28 January. 

Residents can dispose of flood waste for free at the Eaglehawk Landfill and Heathcote, Strathfieldsaye and Goornong transfer stations. Some of the rural transfer stations will be limited in how much waste they can accept, so residents may be referred to Eaglehawk Landfill.

Flood affected residents must advise their waste is for flood-related disposal and present their driver’s licence identifying the property that has been affected. 

Skip bins will also be placed in the following locations:

  • Huntly
    • Corner of Burgoyne Street and Rennie Street
    • Corner of Waratah Street and Rennie Street
    • Strauch Reserve
  • Goornong
    • Goornong Recreation Reserve
  • Heathcote
    • Wright Street (across from the Heathcote SES)
    • Mitchell Street
  • Redesdale
    • Redesdale Public Toilets/Town Hall
  • Derrinal 
    • Lakeside Boulevard

Correct sorting of items is recommended, such as separating metals and white goods, e-waste (anything with a cord or battery) and green waste. 

Sand and sandbags should be disposed of through general waste bins, skip bins or be taken to landfill. Residents are reminded to be mindful that their kerbside general waste bins do not become too heavy to be lifted.

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