Lake Wendouree Survey Notification

The Lake Wendouree Preliminary Draft Master Plan is complete and all residents are encouraged to have their say on this important vision for the city’s beloved lake.

What do you think of the Lake Wendouree Preliminary Draft Master Plan? View the plan and share your opinions and ideas.


The Preliminary Draft Master Plan is available:

  • Online at myTownHall
  • At City of Ballarat Customer Service, 25 Armstrong Street South; Town Hall, Sturt Street; and Ballarat Library, Doveton Street North 

Submissions may be made online or posted to:

Lake Wendouree Master Plan
City of Ballarat
PO Box 655
Ballarat VIC 3353

Consultation on the Preliminary Draft Master Plan closes Friday 14 July, 2017.

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The Preliminary Draft Master Plan achieves the goal of a 20-year strategic plan for the future of Lake Wendouree. It answers the questions: What do you love about Lake Wendouree? And what would you like the Lake to look like in 20 years?

Future planning in the Lake Wendouree Preliminary Draft Master Plan respects important and diverse values including landscape, environment and biodiversity, lake and water quality, recreation (health and wellbeing), events/activation, buildings and boatsheds, facilities and amenities, traffic management and car parking, access, and culture and history.


The Preliminary Draft Master Plan considers and reviews nine key community projects proposed at Lake Wendouree and its environs:

  • Ballarat Fernery Redevelopment
  • Lake Wendouree Community Outdoor Gym Facilities
  • Community Lake Hub
  • North Gardens Criterium Circuit and Bicycle Education Park
  • Lake Wendouree Lighting Project
  • Resting PlaceSculpture Trail
  • The Prisoners of War Story Centre
  • Tramway and Military Interpretative Centre
  • Urban Beach Concept

New projects suggested in last year’s community consultation period were also considered and reviewed including a floating stage and/or restaurant, lake fountain, light show, events at Fairyland and night markets. 


The Preliminary Draft Master Plan was informed by:

  • Community ideas and opinions from 1,823 local people who completed the Lake Wendouree Master Plan Survey in September 2016
  • Feedback and conversations at the Lake Wendouree Open House Sessions in August 2016
  • Walk and Talk community sessions at the Lake in December 2016
  • Recommendations of an Expert Panel, view the Expert Panel Report for more details.

All consultation and conversations confirmed that Lake Wendouree is significant at a local, state and national level. One of few lakes in Australia located in the centre of a major city, Lake Wendouree is a very valuable national environment existing in an important area of Ballarat’s heritage.

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