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City of Ballarat Community Magazine September 2010
Rowing Course dredging
Rowing is another step closer to returning to Lake Wendouree, with dredging
of the rowing course due to start next month, water levels permitting.
The dredging will bring the Lake's rowing course up to National standard,
deepening it from 1.7 metres to a minimum of 2.2 metres. In the short
term (until the Lake reaches full capacity) the dredging will provide an area
two kilometres long by 120 metres wide capable of hosting aquatic sport
training and limited rowing and canoeing competitions.
It is expected that the return of aquatic sports training and competition
to Lake Wendouree will have a significant economic and social impact on
The dredging of the rowing course is part of Council's overall plan to restore
the many social, recreational and tourism activity benefits associated with
Lake Wendouree and follows an exhaustive process to secure the Lake's
With water levels approaching the dredging trigger point, Council conducted
a tender process with experienced dredging companies in July and August
of this year.
Water levels permitting, the successful tenderer will start work in late
September, early October, and it is expected the process will take between
20 and 30 weeks.
CBD Strategy update
Work on implementing the CBD Strategy is moving along quickly, with a
number of key projects starting since the Strategy's adoption in May of
COMMUNITY IMPLEMENTATION REFERENCE GROUP
The CBD Strategy was the product of extensive consultation and collaboration
with the community and CBD stakeholders.
This commitment to working with the community has continued with Council
establishing a community group that will assist in scoping and monitoring
the various activities in the strategy.
Known as the Community Implementation Reference Group (CIRG), members
have been drawn from the original committees formed to develop the CBD
Strategy so that future decisions will be based on a thorough understanding
of the strategy. New members have also been asked to join to ensure
representation of significant sectors within the CBD. The first meeting of
the new committee will be held this month.
TAI CHI CLASSES
Commencing this month, local residents can try Tai Chi for free as a key
outcome of the CBD activation strategy.
As part of the development of a program of CBD activation events, a series
of trial events are being developed, of which Tai Chi classes is one. Tai Chi
classes will be held in the 400 block of the Sturt Street gardens before
work and during lunch time. Aimed at beginners, the classes will be run by
Ballarat's Kung Fu Academy.
One of the key priorities of the CBD Strategy is to generate a vibrant street
environment in the centre of Ballarat. Whilst Tai Chi is only being offered
as a trial, if successful Council hopes to develop an expanded program of
events that are offered on a permanent basis.
The CBD Strategy can be viewed on Council's website at
www.ballarat.vic.gov.au and copies are available at the Town Hall and
The Phoenix building, Armstrong Street South, Ballarat.
For further information contact Council's CBD Place Manager, Amanda
Western on 5320 5116 or email@example.com
Above: Cr Craig Fletcher with Kung Fu Academy Tai Chi instructors
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