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Back to its Best
Recent good weather has seen crowds flock to a full and clear Lake
Aquatic activity has returned to the lake in full force with rowing boats, canoes,
kayaks and sailboats dotting the landscape while people of all ages fish from
the shore and boats.
In October, a third dredge was added to Lake Wendouree and began work in
the centre of the lake. The new dredge is a similar size to the second dredge
and is completing approximately 30 metres a week.
Dredging contractors continue to work 12 hour days, five days a week and
the dredging project will be completed in time for the first major event at the
end of Januar y.
The initial lake weed harvesting project is now complete. Locals have monitored
the progress of the four contracted har vesters who have worked in all areas used
for aquatic recreation, leaving the reed beds in the middle of the lake and a bird
habitat zone between Windmill Drive South and the Rowing Course.
Weed harvesting will become an ongoing maintenance requirement of the lake.
Contractors will return in January to address any areas of regrowth ahead of
the re-opening of the rowing course and the significant calendar of sailing and
rowing events during summer and autumn.
There is no doubt that Lake Wendouree is back in all its glory. From the completely
dr y lake bed to the stunning revitalisation of the Lake Wendouree we see today,
it is an impressive achievement.
City of Ballarat Community Magazine December 2011
Celebrate Eureka 157
With the Eureka Flag scheduled to be back on display in the Gallery in December
and the new Australian Centre for Democracy @ Eureka in the works, the Art
Gallery of Ballarat continues to be a focus for Ballarat’s 157th Anniversary
Eureka Week commemorations and events.
The Art Gallery has hosted the Eureka Education Program since the Eureka
Centre closed last year, with the Oddie Room seeing numerous sessions of
the Hall of Debate and large numbers of school groups visiting the temporary
EUREKA EVENTS AT ART GALLERY
Baker y Hill Flag Raising
2pm, Tuesday 29 November
The Eureka Education Unit will once again bring together students, staff and
parents from St Alipius Primary School, the school with historical connections
to the Eureka events, with Mayor of Ballarat Cr Craig Fletcher and City of Ballarat
Councillors to raise the Eureka Flag on Bakery Hill. The event commemorates
the Bakery Hill monster meetings of November 1854, when the diggers swore
allegiance to the Southern Cross flag.
Creative Sound Workshop
9am to 12:30pm, Thursday 1 December
The Gallery hosts a Creative Sound Workshop with well-known composer and
multi-instrumentalist Adam Simmons. Music students and staff from Ballarat
High School will work together to create soundscapes which reflect on and
recreate the sounds of the Eureka events.
The Eureka 157 Schools Event
9am to 12:30pm, Friday 2 December
Students and teachers from Ballarat Primar y schools and Eureka education
staff visit Eureka sites and undertake creative arts and Eureka commemorative
For more information about Eureka Week activities, call City of Ballarat’s Eureka
Education Coordinator Robert Allan at 53205189.
Teaching Eureka to a New Generation
To promote awareness and understanding of the importance of the
Eureka Rebellion, City of Ballarat published and distributed an information
pack to local schools last year. Due to positive feedback, Council again
issued teaching and student kits to all schools this month for their Year
5 and 6 classes.
The teacher resource kits contain a DVD titled Riot or Revolution, an
illustrated Eureka timeline poster and lesson plan ideas.
The kits also include Eureka Rebellion background notes, a summary of
key dates, a glossary of goldfield terms, suggested classroom activities,
discussion topics and references to the ongoing significance of Eureka
Student information packs include Eureka-themed ruler, bookmark, fridge
magnet, quiz and chatterbox activity.
Schools are encouraged to utilise the packs during the Eureka
commemorative dates, 28 November to 2 December 2011.
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