Residents are invited to attend a community workshop to have their say on the draft Saltwater Creek master plan.
The draft Saltwater Creek master plan has been developed using information gathered from technical investigations and feedback from the community.
The master plan is shaped to provide the community with accessible green space, cultural resources and recreational amenities, while delivering multiple operational functions including flood resilience, stormwater management, urban cooling, habitat creation and protection, and safe routes along to walk or cycle.
Saltwater Creek is about 6km long on its main flow path and stretches from Bundaberg Regional Airport, through residential areas to the CBD and into the Burnett River under the historic Saltwater Creek bridge.
Council has completed a condition assessment of the concrete channels along the entire length of Saltwater Creek.
The outcomes from the assessment indicate that most of Saltwater Creek’s concrete channels show signs of moderate to significant deterioration and major replacement is likely required within the next 10 to 20 years.
Council Roads and Drainage portfolio spokesperson Cr Bill Trevor said the Saltwater Creek catchment had seen significant changes through history and the long-term planning project would be beneficial to the wider community.
“This Master Plan will help meet the needs and aspirations, from the functional and operational through to ecological and aspirational.
“The outcomes will be driven by the priorities of the local community, Bundaberg Regional Council and civic stakeholders.”
Cr Trevor said the Master Plan was guided by six over-arching principles, which included resilient development, connection to Country, healthy habitat, slow flow with an active, safe and connected space.
An open community consultation session will be held at 5:30 pm on Thursday 16 November at the Bundaberg Multiplex, 1 Civic Avenue. Reservations are mandatory via emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 15 November.
Additional sessions will be conducted by invitation only for residents of adjacent and nearby properties and First Nations representatives.