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City of Ballarat Community Magazine July 2010
Ground water to flow into
Seventeen hundred megalitres of ground water will flow into Lake Wendouree
following an announcement made by the Victorian Government last month,
in an effort to refill the Lake by the end of 2011.
$1.3 million in funding will provide the necessary piping and pumping
infrastructure to supply Lake Wendouree with 1700 megalitres from the
Ballarat West bore. As part of an agreement with Central Highlands Water,
Ballarat West bore water will be delivered at a rate of approximately five
megalitres per day from September 2010 to September 2011.
As the responsible environmental manager and community custodian of
Lake Wendouree, Council has a long standing commitment to, and long-term
investment in, the sustainable restoration and refilling of the Lake, its water
quality and its natural environs.
As part of this commitment Council will ensure that a rigorous monitoring and
reporting program of the water quality in the Lake be carried out. Under the
agreement, ground water supplies would be suspended as soon as the Lake
monitoring regime detected a risk to the Lake's ecosystem or amenity.
The State Government initiative to help fill Lake Wendouree complements
investments already made by Council and other funding partners in
stormwater harvesting and recycled water projects.
A significant component of Council's "Harvesting Ballarat's Stormwater'
project has come on line. The Redan Wetlands to Lake Wendouree pipeline
is now delivering stormwater into Lake Wendouree.
The $1 million pipeline project, funded by Council together with the Victorian
Government Regional Development Infrastructure Fund, has the capacity to
divert 280 megalitres of stormwater per year to the Lake.
With refilling comes the need for Council to provide and resume services,
such as lake weed harvesting, and establishing policies to provide clear
guidelines around the use of the Lake and its environs. Last year, Council
appointed a Lake Wendouree and Gardens Advisory Committee to assist in
the development of policies so that community interests as well as recreation
and environmental values are managed.
The commitment to refill the Lake by the end of next year underpins and
strengthens Council's efforts to attract and secure major sports events and
community activities. If Ballarat secures major events to be held at Lake
Wendouree, a number of flow on effects would occur, which in turn would
generate significant economic impacts for the region's economy.
Below: Water from the Redan Wetlands pipeline flows into Lake Wendouree.
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