Home' My Ballarat : June 2010 Contents Lake Wendouree:
a long-term commitment
Ensuring the most efficient use of funding and resources to refill and maintain
an asset the size of Lake Wendouree requires careful research, planning
and a commitment to a long-term, sustainable solution.
For many years, this lake has been at the mercy of changing climate
In the mid-1990s, the City of Ballarat made the decision to stop topping up
the lake with valuable potable waterand began the search for an alternative
The City of Ballarat has invested significantly in developing a viable solution
to refill Lake Wendouree.
The solution will use a combination of stormwater, rainfall and recycled Class
A water. It was determined that other water source alternatives -- including
State Government bulk water entitlements and ground water -- could not
deliver sufficient water volume or quality.
Refilling Lake Wendouree:
milestones and progress
More than $12 million has been invested -- and even more has been
secured -- for the rejuvenation of Lake Wendouree since 2005.
Working with local businesses, community organisations and State and
Federal Government departments, significant milestones have already
Secured water includes:
600ML per annum from the North Ballarat Wastewater Treatment Plant
280ML per annum from the Redan Wetlands pipeline
250ML per annum from the Paul's Wetlands outfall diversion
70ML per annum using the Gong Gong pipeline
30ML per annum from the Botanical Gardens bore
20ML per annum from the
• Ballarat Golf Club overflow drain
Refilling Lake Wendouree: next
The City of Ballarat has committed $1 million over the next two years to
complete works on the rowing course and $1.3 million on stormwater
A further $2.37 million in Federal Government funding has been secured
Develop four additional stormwater harvesting projects
Improve the Gong Gong to Lake Wendouree pipeline
Supply water to parks, gardens and sports grounds around the city
Planned rejuvenation works will ensure that the Lake remains a viable
and usable resource even in the event of further climatic changes.
The solution also ensures the sufficient inflow of water to account for
evaporative losses over the warmer months.
The City of Ballarat will continue to explore and secure funding to deliver
important Lake Wendouree projects.
Activities are expected to return as follows:
Recreational rowing and canoeing
Local rowing regattas
State level rowing, angling and yachting
*Commencement of rowing and canoeing is dependent upon completion of rowing
For up to date information on Lake Wendouree projects visit
Recent works have led to: the improvement of the lake bed and
edges; the construction of an Indigenous themed play-space, two
major boardwalks, a rotunda and mooring facilities; installation of
lighting, paving and landscaping; and initiation of the rowing course
Below: Cr Craig Fletcher and Central Highlands Water chairman
John Barnes look over Lake Wendouree
City of Ballarat Community Magazine June 2010
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