Home' My Ballarat : My Ballarat December 2010 Contents Fish return to Lake
Another major milestone in the restoration of Lake Wendouree has been
reached with the return of rainbow trout to the Lake.
In early November, Fisheries Victoria released over 90,000 rainbow trout fry
and a further 70,000 brown trout were released this month.
The return of fish reflects the healthy recovery of the Lake, which is now
over 75 per cent full, and the faith that local agencies and Council have in
the Lake's long term water supply.
The decision to return trout to the Lake followed extensive discussions
between Council, Fisheries Victoria and Victorian Recreational Fishing, the
State's peak recreational fishing body, all keen to manage and control the
environment of the Lake as water returns.
The trout will assist in keeping the water quality high by eating the decaying
organic material provided by grasses and other land based plants that
flourished while the lake was dry. The decaying organic material is consumed
by micro-organisms and zooplankton, which are a source of food for the
trout fry. As the trout mature they will also provide an important predatory
role in keeping other fish populations in balance in coming seasons.
The release of the fish, the first in seven years, marks a significant event
in the restoration of Lake Wendoure. Lake Wendouree is an internationally
recognised venue for fly fishing, having previously hosted the Commonwealth
Games Fly Fishing Championships.
Study into new tourism
With the welcome return of water to Lake Wendouree Council is investing
in a wide range of activities and events to ensure it is the centrepiece of
Ballarat's social and recreational life. To capitalise on this investment,
Council in conjunction with Tourism Victoria, is undertaking a Tourism
Feasibility Study into the precinct.
The feasibility study will complement all of the existing work undertaken
to enhance the infrastructure of the precinct.
The overall aims of the study are to attract appropriate, sustainable tourism
and commercial development and uses to ensure tourism activities assist
in the protection and conservation of the precinct's heritage and landscape;
to ensure that the precinct remains and is enhanced as a resource for
both local residents and visitors; and to maximise pedestrian and bicycle
connectivity through the precinct with surrounding areas.
Consultation is an important part of the study and Council has developed
a program to allow precinct users and stakeholders to contribute. Council
staff were on hand at SpringFest to discuss the project with interested
members of the community.
Further feedback will be sought from residents early in the new year when
a draft of the study is finalised. Implementation of the plan will take place
in 2011 and beyond. For further information contact Council's Tourism
unit on 5320 5800 or email email@example.com
City of Ballarat Community Magazine December 2010
Above: Aerial view of Lake Wendouree. Photo courtesy of The Courier
Below: Russell Dodds member of the Ballarat Fish Acclimatisation Society releases
rainbow trout into the waters of Lake Wendouree. Photo courtesy of The Courier
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