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Name Our Island
Ballarat primar y school students are busy working on a special project:
naming an island.
The City of Ballarat and Lake Wendouree Advisor y Committee have invited
local Ballarat primary schools to come up with a new name for Willow
The name ‘Willow Island’ has been used in an unofficial capacity since the
completion of its construction, off the Windmill Drive foreshore precinct of
Lake Wendouree, in 2008.
The naming competition will identify a more considered name that will be
displayed on signage at the island together with the name and logo of the
Willow Island was constructed primarily as an educational venue for schools
with relevance to a range of studies including histor y, geology, biology and
visual art. It is hoped that the naming competition will give the city’s young
people some ownership over the precinct and provide a fun way to learn
more about this important Ballarat landmark.
Schools may submit an entry as a class or group, or encourage students
to submit their own individual entries.
The shortlisted entries will be selected by the Lake Wendouree Advisor y
Committee and the finalists will make a presentation to the Mayor and
Councillors at the Town Hall. The winning school and the island’s new name
will be announced following the presentation.
For information, visit Council’s website at www.ballarat.vic.gov.au.
Above: Mayor Cr Craig Fletcher discusses the renaming project at Willow Island with
William Robinson, Emelia Robinson, Patrick Thornton and Georgina Thornton.
A state-of-the-art water cleaning system is now keeping the pools at the
Ballarat Aquatic Centre sparkling clean.
The new passive system uses ultraviolet light (UV) technology and is
considered to be safer and friendlier to the environment. The system
is industr y best-practise, making it less expensive to run and easier to
The new ultraviolet light water cleaning system was installed in the 25 metre
and learn to swim pools last month, and in the program pool and spa last
October as part of the stage 2 upgrades at the Aquatic Centre.
It replaces the original 1994 cleaning system which had reached the end
of its functional life.
City of Ballarat worked closely with the Ballarat YMCA throughout the project
and work was programmed to minimise disruption to patrons.
BALLARAT AquATIC CeNTRe
Last year, 511,225 people visited the Aquatic Centre
Approximately, 25% of visitors used the pools
Aquatic activities are enjoyed by residents of all ages and
abilities - from 6 months old to people in their 90’s
The average temperature of the water in the lap pool is
25C; the program pool is 31C; and the hydrotherapy pool
Below: Cr Des Hudson turns on the new ultraviolet light water cleaning system at
the Ballarat Aquatic Centre.
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