City of Ballarat to remove and replace 12 trees around Lake Wendouree

Dead tree on the shore of Lake Wendouree

The City of Ballarat will remove and replace 12 poplar, willow and claret ash trees that are at the end of their life or in poor condition around Lake Wendouree.

The trees were assessed by an independent arboriculturist in April 2023 and have been recommended for removal to minimise the risk to public safety.  

The City of Ballarat’s Parks and Gardens team will replace the trees with the same species, in accordance with the Heritage Council of Victoria Lake Wendouree Registration under H2419.  

Works to remove and replace the trees will begin next week and are expected to last five days. While works are carried out, detours will be in place for pedestrians using the Steve Moneghetti Track.

There are more than 2,000 trees around Lake Wendouree. The Parks and Gardens team proactively inspects and maintains the health of trees across the City of Ballarat’s parks, gardens and reserves, as well as undertakes succession planning to guide the removal and planting of trees.

The tree removal complies with the City of Ballarat’s Tree Management Plan and Lake Wendouree Master Plan as well as the City of Ballarat’s tree maintenance in accordance with the Australian Standards.

City of Ballarat Director Infrastructure and Environment Bridget Wetherall said the works are an important part of tree renewal for Lake Wendouree.

“The removal and replacement of the trees will maintain the historical beauty of Lake Wendouree while ensuring the safety of residents and visitors,” she said.