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City of Ballarat Community Magazine April 2011
Buninyong tennis court
project rewarded by Tennis
The $500,000 upgrade of the Buninyong Tennis Court complex has received
a bonus with a joint application between Council and the Buninyong District
Tennis Association securing a rebate of $48,000 for the project.
The Tennis Australia rebate will help meet the construction of the courts,
lighting and fencing to provide a new home for community tennis in
The rebate recognises the important role the Buninyong District Tennis
Association plays in developing and facilitating community tennis in the
The project will deliver eight acrylic coated tennis courts, four of which
will be lit.
The project has been jointly funded through Council's Capital Works budget
and a $50,000 contribution from the Association.
City of Ballarat South Ward Councillor Des Hudson said Council was delighted
with the rebate and the recognition it brought of the important role the
Buninyong Association played in the region.
"This reinforces Council's commitment to developing the facility as one of
the region's major sports precincts under the Sports Precincts Strategy,"
For further information on the Buninyong District Tennis Association
or Court Development Project contact Council's Manager Recreation
and Open Space Planning Ashley Pittard on 5320 5739 or email
Lake Wendouree weeds
Residents may have had a sense of déjà vu recently with Council needing to
remove aquatic weeds from Lake Wendouree for the first time in six years.
Once a regular occurrence in maintaining the Lake's ecology and
recreational pursuits, weed harvesting has not been required until this
year's unprecedented rainfalls combined with Council's alternative water
sources to return the Lake to capacity.
The prolific return of aquatic plants is indicative of the health and sound
ecological state of the Lake, however in February the weeds reached a
point where they were restricting recreational users from rowing, canoeing
and boating freely.
Council worked closely with freshwater ecologist Dr Peter Breen to determine
a suitable amount of weed to be harvested in order to maintain the best
water quality. An assessment completed by Dr Breen determined it would
be acceptable to harvest the aquatic plants from the northern and western
sections of the Lake.
This growing season 34 hectares of the Lake were harvested. Council will
embark on a larger program of harvesting commencing later this year.
Portfolio Councillor for Growth and Development Judy Verlin said the
completion of this stage of weed harvesting was another significant milestone
in the complete rejuvenation of Lake Wendouree.
"Now complete, the harvesting allows rowers and other aquatic users with
clear areas to freely operate and train in and boats are able to manoeuvre
the entire way around the Lake. The western side of the Lake along the
promenade has also been harvested to improve public safety," she said.
Above: Cr Des Hudson at the site of the new Buninyong Tennis Court complex
Below: Image courtesy of The Courier
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