A large proportion of the participants that had attended the first workshop returned for this workshop held on 13 December 2017 in Bendigo. There were 40 industry participants, and four facilitators from the CRCWSC. The first session reviewed the work undertaken to date, including feedback from the first report and reflections from the first community workshop. It then developed a collective water story for Bendigo by looking to the past and exploring how certain events and trends have shaped how water is managed today.

The late morning session focused on beginning to develop a shared 50-year vision for Bendigo as a future water sensitive city. Similarly to the first community workshop, this activity began with a general discussion about what participants love about Bendigo, then a headline writing activity at tables. The headlines were grouped by the facilitators as they were submitted, with approximately 40 headlines formed into several aspirational themes, and a further 10 categorised as undesirable or dystopic images of the future.

The next session expanded on the vision themes with more detailed discussion of the outcomes for Bendigo implied by the headline statements, beginning with the undesirable visions. In this activity, participants were asked to move into groups to develop a narrative about how the undesirable future of Bendigo unfolded through a range of causes. Following a break, participants then worked on the aspirational vision themes in small groups, focusing on expanding on the ideas within the headline themes.

IRP1 Workshop 2 (Industry) in Bendigo: Narrative building and envisioning

Date:  13 December 2017

Time: 8:30 - 16:30

Location: Capital Theatre, Bendigo

If you would like any further information please see the agenda or contact Emma Church on emma.church@monash.edu or 0423 315 173

Last updated: 8th Mar 2018