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Witnessing Climate Change
Community Art Exhibition
Year three and four students at St Patrick's Primary School have used their
creative skills to win a rain water tank. They won the prize by participating
in Council's Climate Change Community Art Exhibition which was held at
the Mining Exchange to coincide with World Environment Day.
More than 150 entries were received for the exhibition and at least 250
people attended the event.
Participants were asked to submit artwork demonstrating what climate
change meant to them. The exhibition showcased a variety of works
ranging from drawing, painting, sculptures incorporating natural materials
and e-waste to professional photography. Professional artists Jill Orr and
Alison Pouliot were ambassadors for the event and provided works for the
The 3,000 litre water tank was donated by Tankster. It will be used to
collect water from the school's Environmental Centre, which is being built
as part of a redevelopment. The tank will provide water for the kitchen
garden and the Environmental Centre.
Spot prizes were also awarded to Kate Vivian, Dawn Whitehand, Melanie
Woolcock, Samantha Lawler, Jackie Smith and Sarah Jackson for their
thought-provoking works. These prizes were donated by Bunnings, Beacon
Lighting and Ballarat Health Foods.
Lake Learmonth foreshore
Learmonth residents are about to be given the opportunity to help
improve the appearance the town's lake foreshore. A community tree
planting session is being held on Saturday 5 September. Native trees are
being planted to replace the pine trees that were removed in May.
The trees were removed because they were in poor health and posed a
risk to people using the area. Some of the wood was harvested for timber
and the remainder is being used as mulch on the site. The tree stumps
cut at ground level aren't being removed as this will prevent erosion and
Council is also planning to work with artists to turn some of the tree trunks
into public artworks. Dead eucalypt trunks with hollows have also been
retained as habitat for possums and birds.
There are also plans to replace the current foreshore road with a high
quality granite sand path suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding. It
is proposed that vehicle barriers be installed at each end to create a safe
recreational area for visitors and residents.
Council is also investigating whether a feature wetland could be created
at the Lake using stormwater from residential properties, a well and
windmill within the Lake basin. A series of test holes will need to be dug
to accurately map the groundwater characteristics in the northern shore
area. Once the detailed design and budget is developed the project will
need to be considered by Council and other government funding bodies.
Council staff met with Learmonth residents about the foreshore precinct
in June, September and December last year. The Lake Learmonth Advisory
Committee is also being closely consulted about the regeneration work.
For further information about the tree planting session contact Council's
Coordinator of Parks and Waterways Graham Pike on 5320 7441. For
further information about the regeneration project contact Council's
Executive Manager Sustainability Ian Rossiter on 5320 5131.
City of Ballarat Community Magazine September 2009
Above: St Patrick's Primary School teacher Cathy Whelan with students Austin
Smith and Molly O'Neil
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