Lake Wendouree Master Plan


After almost two years of planning and community consultation, the Lake Wendouree Master Plan is complete.

The Final Draft of the Lake Wendouree Master Plan was placed on public exhibition for community consultation in September 2017, with submissions closing on 30 October. Those submissions were then considered for the preparation of the Master Plan, which was presented to Council for adoption in November 2017.

The plan features:

• A review of community values and responses to potential projects through community consultation

• Key principles and recommendations for major themes, including landscape, environment and biodiversity, water quality, recreation, events and activation, buildings and boatsheds, facilities and amenities, traffi c management and car parking, access, and culture and history

• Precinct plans with detailed recommendations for 13 precincts of the lake foreshore, including the North and South Gardens

• Plans to improve landscape and environment, accessibility and connectivity, events and

• A Key Improvements Plan, and

• An Implementation Framework.

The Master Plan is designed to preserve and improve features of Lake Wendouree that have historical, cultural, environmental and landscape signifi cance, identify opportunities to enhance features, and outline principles and recommendations for future planning, design and development.

The plan supports several community projects including the Ballarat Fernery Redevelopment, Community Outdoor Gym Facilities, a modified version of a Community Lake Hub, the Lake Wendouree Lighting Project, a Resting Place Sculptural Trail, and a Tramway Interpretive Centre.

Extensive public consultation has also extended the plan’s reach to capture what the community loves most about the lake. These values will help guide any future decisionmaking at Lake Wendouree.

As one of the few lakes in Australia located in the centre of a major city, the plan will ensure the lake – an important piece of Ballarat’s heritage - remains a valuable natural environment and open space asset for the community, that supports a wide range of recreational and aquatic sports, major events and tourist attractions.

View the Lake Wendouree Master Plan Final Draft.