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Rowing Course dredging
Rowing on Lake Wendouree is a step closer with dredging of the rowing
course starting this month. Works are expected to take about eight months
The work involves deepening 1750 metres of the course by 0.5 metres and
depositing the sediments within two of the existing reed beds to create
permanent shallow wetlands. Deepening the rowing course will mean that
Lake Wendouree will meet all national rowing competition standards. It will
also ensure that if water levels drop again, there will still be sufficient depth
for training and state standard regattas, safeguarding the sport against
future drought and extremes of weather.
The balance of the Lake will not be affected by the dredging and will remain
accessible to residents and visitors. However, for the duration of the project
St Patrick's Point Boatramp will be closed to the public to establish a
worksite compound and the area between the dredge and the reed beds
will be inaccessible. Work hours will be regulated and noise levels are not
expected to interfere with local residents, as the machinery will operate
with a constant noise emission of approximately 55 decibels.
By waiting until the Lake had water in it Council has saved significantly
on the cost of the project and also not delayed the refilling process. Dry
dredging would have required all recycled water and stormwater flows to
be turned off, extending the time to refill the Lake.
Ballart Mayor Cr Judy Verlin said the works marked another of Council's
key milestones in the restoration of Lake Wendouree. Once the dredging is
complete Ballarat will once again have a national standard rowing course that
will not only benefit local rowing clubs and aquatic groups but enthusiasts
and communities right across the region.
"Council has been working long and hard on the refilling and restoration of
this Ballarat icon and this is another major milestone towards its complete
Town Hall restoration
The restoration works on the Ballarat Town Hall are nearing completion.
Following months of hiding behind scaffolding and blue construction curtain,
the Town Hall's restored facade is expected to be unveiled in November.
The Town Hall's sandstone and renders have experienced 140 years of
weathering. Recognising the significance of this building, the Federal
Government provided funds to assist Council in conservation and preservation
works to ensure the building remains intact and authentic for another 140
years or more.
Much of the work required specialist trades such as sandstone stonemasons
and renderers, and even the more regular tradespeople associated with
building repairs, such as plumbers, painters, glaziers and steel fabricators,
needed experience working with and repairing historical materials.
The work has involved replacing eroded sandstone with new sandstone,
which is of the same colour and durability as the existing stone. Placing
and pinning the new stone was done by hand and consequently required
a rare skill that is quite time consuming.
Renderers rebuilt many of the cement based cornices, ledges and architectural
features and plumbers repaired and restored the copper on the clock tower
claddings. Steel fabricators and glaziers restored the belfry steel framed
glass louvers and forty new glazed panels were put in place, created from
a mould of the original panels.
The wrought iron 'crows nest' was removed and transported to a local
blacksmith where it was disassembled, paint and rust removed and missing
components re-fabricated using traditional blacksmithing methods.
The Town Hall restoration reflects Council's ongoing commitment to preserving
our city's heritage assets. Council looks forward to revealing the completed
project next month.
Above: Restoration works of the Ballarat Town Hall nearing completion
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