Bendigo residents are invited to have their say on a redevelopment option for the historic Bendigo Gas Works site in Weeroona Avenue.

A community drop in session will take place from 3.30pm to 6pm on Wednesday at the Bendigo Tennis Centre pavilion on Nolan Street.

The redevelopment option, endorsed by the Greater Bendigo City Council, includes new pedestrian/cycle path links across the creek to Lake Weeroona, an interpretive trail, a new plaza for events and

It would also include an event space in the heart of the site, new lighting and other services, conservation of heritage buildings, new vehicle access and parking and landscaping.

City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke said in addition to endorsing the redevelopment option, the council has supported a decontamination project at the site and agreed to provide $45,000 to develop schematic designs and cost estimates for the future of the site in consultation with the community.

“Late last year we said we would hold a community drop in session to allow residents to have their say on the project and councillors and staff from the Heritage and Property areas will be available to chat to residents at the session,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“I encourage all interested residents and those who live nearby to drop into the session and have their say.”

The Bendigo Gasworks site is an important heritage asset that operated from 1860 to 1973.

All of the gasworks buildings and equipment are largely intact but in very poor condition as the site is frequently subjected to illegal entry and attacks by vandals.

Although closed for many years the site is heavily contaminated from its previous use as a gas works and the Department of Treasury and Finance is planning and funding the decontamination of the site.

“Cleaning up the site and developing a plan for its future use will help protect this important heritage asset and provide opportunities for the broader community,” Cr O’Rourke said.

An estimate of costs for the redevelopment option cannot be determined until the schematic design work is undertaken by the council.