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City of Ballarat Community Magazine October 2011
LEArMONth CENOtAPh rEStOrED
The Learmonth Cenotaph in High Street has just been restored, thanks
to a State Government grant that was announced earlier in the year with
some additional funds supplied by the City of Ballarat. The works have been
undertaken by Paul Hunt Preservation, a nationally recognised conservator
of historic buildings, statues and artefacts.
CyCLING ACtION IN LEArMONth
On Tuesday, 11 Januar y, catch all the action of the time trials events of the
2011 Mars Cycling Australia Road National Championships as the countr y’s
best cyclists race through the streets of Learmonth. For information and a
course guide, visit www.cycling.org.au.
Learmonth recently played host to a day of cycling action as part of the
2011 Cycling Australia Masters Road National Championships. The road race
component of the event, held on Sunday, 9 October, travelled around Lake
Learmonth with races varying from 47km to 79km in length.
More than 800 participants from Victoria, interstate and overseas competed
in the Championships over three days in the road race, time trial and criterium
disciplines. The Masters’ (over 30s) category is the fastest growing category
of competitive cycling in Victoria and Australia.
In Januar y, residents of Learmonth and surrounds celebrated a milestone
- Lake Learmonth was full for the first time since 1997. The lake had been
dr y since 2001.
The lake covers an area of approximately 5 square kilometres, is 2.3 metres
deep at its deepest point and holds around 9,000 megalitres when it is full.
Lake Learmonth is a prized community asset, home to boating, water sports
and fishing. The reserve surrounding the lake also includes camping, recreation
and boat launching facilities.
Learmonth locals, residents of greater Ballarat and visitors alike have
understandably been overjoyed to witness the restoration of the lake and
are looking forward to a bumper summer season.
Above: L to R: Jemima, Ailsa and Laurie Brackley and David Dobbie being presented
with a $5,000 Heritage Grant by City of Ballarat Cr Samantha McIntosh towards the
restoration of 337-341 High Street
Above: The Old Learmonth Baker y has been restumped with flooring to be installed.
Below: The Friends of Learmonth group worked hard on the Learmonth entry signs
FrIENDS OF LEArMONth
Learmonth is home to a very active and proud ‘Friends’ group. Friends of
Learmonth Inc. aims to ‘promote and advance Learmonth as an active,
healthy, inclusive community and environment’. The group was established
following several open community forums and discussion with residents
about how they wanted the town to grow and develop.
Council recently awarded a grant of $5000 to the Friends group which will be
used for community artworks along the foreshore of Lake Learmonth.
The Friends of Learmonth have a range of projects on the go with the aim
of strengthening the community and taking an active part in its growth.
Projects include arts, recreation, community garden and music.
Anybody with a keen interest in the future of Learmonth is encouraged to
join. For information, call Friends of Learmonth Chairperson Liz Charles
at 5343 2554.
OLD LEArMONth BAKEry PrESErVAtION
A once thriving bakery in the main street of Learmonth will soon be restored
as a historic residence. Ailsa and Laurie Brackley were the recipients of a
$5,000 grant to put towards the restoration, as part of Council’s Preserving
our Heritage Grants Program. The unique grants program aims to support
local projects that conser ve, restore, reconstruct, preser ve and enable
continued use of our municipality’s heritage places.
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