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City of Ballarat Community Magazine October 2009
Lake Blitz Complete
The Lake Blitz project is nearing completion. During the past three years
$1.3 million dollars has been spent enhancing the facilities at Lake
Wendouree, particularly at View Point, the Yacht Club, Windmill Drive,
Fairyland, Swan Pool and Durham Point.
The View Point project included the construction of two boardwalks, a
rotunda, mooring facilities, installation of a 13.5 metre flag pole, lighting,
paving and landscaping. The two final Lake Blitz projects are the
Indigenous Themed Playspace and the Rock Beaching. Lake Blitz was a
partnership between Council, the State and Federal Governments, the
Tattersalls Foundation and the Ballarat community.
INDIGENOUS THEMED PLAYSPACE
Construction of Ballarat's new indigenous themed playspace is finished
and the area can now be used by children. It is located on the Lake
Wendouree foreshore near Windmill Drive and will cater for children aged
between two and 10 years.
Yorta Yorta artist Billy Blackall helped design the playspace which features
three large platypus shapes. The area contains sculptures, detailed paving,
interpretive signs and landscaping. It also includes a sandpit, swings and
Council has worked with its Unfinished Business Advisory Committee to
ensure the playspace represents both the pre-contact Indigenous
populations and the current Ballarat and district aboriginal community.
The project has been funded by Council, the Federal Government's
Regional Partnerships Program and the Tattersall's George Adams
Since August, work has been underway to enhance and protect the Lake
foreshore, with the construction of 1800 square metres of rock beaching.
This is being done at the start and finish areas of the rowing course.
Placing a rock edge around the Lake will stablise the foreshore, give it
definition and protect the Lake edges from being eroded by waves.
Most of the Lake's foreshore was beached by previous generations at times
when drought provided the opportunity to carry out this labour intensive
The new beaching will be constructed using field rocks and an effort is
being made to try and ensure the new beaching matches the existing work.
The beaching work is expected to be finished towards the end of the year.
Once this is done landscaping works including spreading topsoil, path
construction, seeding grass and tree planting will be carried out.
Below: The new playground has some unique play elements.
Above: Rock beaching work has started at Lake Wendouree.
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