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City of Ballarat Community Magazine September 2010
VICTORIA STREET GARDENS
Council has developed a plan to re-establish the Victoria Street Gardens
so they provide a more distinctive entrance to Ballarat. The Gardens have
showcased Ballarat with a boulevard style entrance since the 1850s and
stretch along 1.5 kilometres, from Bakery Hill to the old Ballarat -- Buninyong
rail corridor. More than 80 per cent of Ballarat's visitors arrive in Ballarat
via Victoria Street.
Many of the trees along Victoria Street have suffered as a result of climate
change and water restrictions. The garden beds, floral displays and lawn
areas need a significant amount of work to return them to their best after
many years of water restrictions. Also, the demand for car parking is eroding
lawn areas and causing concerns for traffic management and safety.
ALBERT STREET/SKIPTON STREET, SEBASTOPOL
Council is also in the process of planting 80 cedar trees in the centre
median of Albert Street/Skipton Street in Sebastopol. The planting of these
trees is a significant part of the Ballarat Entrances Strategy and the trees
will deliver a sense of arrival and greatly enhance the appearance of this
Working in partnership with VicRoads, Council is pleased to be able to deliver
on this component of the Entrances Strategy.
At the time of planting the cedars will be approximately 2 metres tall and
can grow up to 20 metres. Like all recent plantings across the City these
particular cedars (Cedrus deodara) are well suited to the Ballarat climate
and will cope well with the region's extremes of weather.
For more information on the Victoria Street Gardens Development and
Management Plan or the Ballarat Entrances Strategy contact Council's
Landscape Architect on 5320 5665 or email
Above: Victoria Street before kerbing works
Above: An artist's impression of Albert Street/Skipton Street center median
following cedar tree planting
Works started in May of this year and included:
• Formalisation of parking in front of the St Alipius Parish School
(south-west side of King Street) and in front of the Church
(south-west of Princess Street);
• Removal of informal parking areas and reinstatement of lawn in
• Retention and restoration of small sections of original rock edging
near Queen Street; and
• Removal of ‘non-original’ rock edging and replacement with exposed
aggregate style kerb.
The works have cost approximately $280,000, half of which has been funded
by Council and the other half by the Federal Government's Regional and
Local Community Infrastructure Programme (RLCIP).
Above: Victoria Street after kerbing works
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