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Works begin to replace tram tracks at Lake Wendouree

Tramway Museum President Paul Mong and Juliana Addison MP tram ballarat lake wendouree sep 2019 pic juliana G 6478

Works to replace a section of Lake Wendouree's historic tram tracks have begun.

The current track installed around the lake dates back to 1905, with 300 metres of the track in Wendouree Parade being replaced to keep Ballarat's heritage trams travelling along the lake. 

The project to replace the track is costing close to $800,000, with the City of Ballarat providing $590,000 of the total funds.

The state government has also come to the table with additional funding through the Pick My Project grant, with the track replacement receiving an additional $200,000.

State Member for Wendouree, Juliana Addison, says the project is important to Ballarat's history.

"Trams are such a big part of our history and this investment from the government and this investment from the government and council will ensure they continue to operate around our iconic Lake Wendouree,” she said.

Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh is also pleased to see the project now going ahead.

"The City of Ballarat is thrilled to be able to inject $590,000 into this project to replace asection of historic tram tracks at Lake Wendouree. This is an exciting opportunity to preservea piece of Ballarat's unique tramways heritage,” she said.

Paul Mong, Ballarat Tramway Museum President says the funding for the track replacement is a great start to keep the history of trams in the city alive.

"This upgrade will ensure trams will operate in Ballarat for many generations to come,” he said.

Weather permitting, the track replacement project is expected to be finalised early next month.

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