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The dredging of the Lake Wendouree rowing course
is complete, with the dredge removed last month.
The full rowing course is now 2.2 metres deep,
which is good news for local crews as well as
meeting the standard for the 2014 World Master
Works to reinstate the full buoying system will
be completed by December. Other works include
supply and installation of launching pontoons and
presentation pontoon. Design work is currently
underway to adjust the finishing area which is
currently holding water.
Harvesting lake weed
Weed harvesting on Lake Wendouree is complete.
The completion of the project meets the request by
the Lake Wendouree Aquatic Association.
Affectionately named "Chopper Weed" by City staff,
the new integrated harvester vessel and waste
compactor truck was purchased by the City of
Ballarat for the periodic maintenance of aquatic
plants on Lake Wendouree.
The harvester was specially commissioned with an
enclosed, climate controlled cabin to facilitate lake
maintenance in all temperatures.
The new harvester will now be part of the scenery
of the lake, with operations scheduled across a
seven-day-a-week timetable with an intensive works
program planned in the lead up to, and during, the
The harvester and truck were manufactured in
Australia by Aquatic Harvester Manufacturing and
Sales. The specification for the commissioned
harvester was scoped in conjunction with local and
The state-of-the-art aquatic plant harvester and
compactor truck cost $472,000 and the project was
delivered under the projected cost ($480,000).
On Lake Wendouree
Lake Wendouree is ready for the aquatic season with sailing, rowing and canoeing
teams taking to the water, and many residents and visitors enjoying picnics and
playing on the shore.
Free Garden Mulch
In the first two weeks of harvesting, more
than 1,650 compressed cubic metres
of lake weed was removed. The weed
is stockpiled at the Gilles Street site in
Victoria Park and residents are welcome to
pick up the weed.
Decomposed lake weed from last year's
harvest has been broken down to mulch
and is available free at Hill Street Reserve.
There are signs to the mulch on Hill Street.
Lake weed is a terrific garden mulch and
it has proven extremely popular with local
residents. It's free, it's environmentally-
friendly and it's here for you, so don't
Link to the Gardens
Work has taken place out the front of Piper's
Restaurant to link the Lake foreshore and the
Botanical Gardens. Works has involved formation
of garden beds planting of advance Buxus along
with trees and upgrade to the turf area.
Canoe Club Toilets
Repairs and repainting of the Canoe Club toilets on
the east side of Lake Wendouree are complete.
The Ted Williams Monument at Lake Wendouree
is being renovated to its former splendour.
Components of the monument have been removed
to allow copies to be recast and missing sections
will be replaced.
Jubilee Drive is a busy street -- and you may not
even know you've driven it.
It's the new official name for the road through the
Prince of Wales Park
A better track
The Steve Monghetti walking track has been
improved by the granite path resheet of
600 metres from Durham Point to the beginning of
the rowing course.
Maintenance has been carried out on the turf in
the playground precinct. The popularity of the
playground and the Lakeside Farmer's Market,
coupled with the disappointing vandalism of
cars on the grass, left the area in need of
some rejuvenation. The seed germination and
maintenance has restored the area.
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