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Work will commence later this year on stage two of the Lake Wendouree
rowing course deepening project.
Council is currently calling for expressions of interest for dredging the
length of the rowing course.
Council completed stage one of the Lake Wendouree rowing course
deepening project in April last year. The start and finish areas of the
course were deepened by half a metre to 2.2 metres. These works were
completed by a local earthmoving contractor.
The aim of the deepening project is to ensure that the Lake Wendouree
rowing course meets the standards required to host National level events.
To meet National standards, the rowing course is required to be deepened
from an existing average depth of 1.7 metres to an increased depth of no
less than 2.1 metres.
The second stage of the project will include:
• dredging of the rowing course, 1750 metres long and 125 metres
wide, to remove 0.5 metres of material from the base of the
• the creation of up to two reed bed extensions in the centre of the Lake;
• depositing of the dredged materials evenly within the reed bed
• the creation of an island landform.
Works are expected to commence on the project in September 2010. The
rowing course will be wet dredged and therefore requires a sufficient
depth of water to float the dredging equipment, approximately half a
metre above the lake bed.
Expressions of interest close on 28 April 2010.
City of Ballarat Community Magazine April 2010
U.S. Ambassador visits
U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich met with Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin and
City of Ballarat Chief Executive Officer Anthony Schinck during his recent
visit to Ballarat.
Accompanied by his wife, Rebecca Bleich, and U.S. Consul General
Michael Thurston, Ambassador Bleich also toured Sovereign Hill and the
University of Ballarat.
Mayor Verlin, CEO Schinck and City of Ballarat Director of Growth and
Economy Jeff Pulford met Ambassador Bleich and his official guests at the
Town Hall before walking to historic Craig's Royal Hotel.
During the strategic meeting, the two parties discussed alternative energy
systems and the parallels between Ballarat and Ambassador Bleich's
former homeland of San Francisco -- both cities built on gold rush money.
Ballarat leaders, Ambassador Bleich and Consul General Thurston all
committed to developing a closer relationship between Ballarat and the
U.S., particularly from a trade perspective.
Ambassador Bleich made many favourable comments during his visit to
Ballarat, his first to a major Australian regional city. In particular, he
shared his appreciation of Ballarat's impressive heritage buildings.
Appointed 24th Ambassador to Australia by the U.S. Senate in
September, 2009, Ambassador Bleich was the personal nominee of
President Barack Obama. The two high-ranking diplomats have known
each other for more than 20 years.
Ambassador Bleich is recognised as one of the U.S.'s top lawyers
specialising in litigation.
Consul General Thurston assumed the position at the U.S. Consulate
General in Melbourne in September, 2008. A lawyer by profession, his
previous diplomatic postings were in Iraq, Rwanda, South Africa, Ethiopia,
New Zealand, Colombo, Sri Lanka and Mexico City.
Below: U.S. Consul General Michael Thurston, City of Ballarat CEO Anthony
Schinck, Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin, U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey Bleich and his
wife Rebecca during their visit to Ballarat.
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