Facelift for Lake Weeroona picnic shelters

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The City of Greater Bendigo will commence a $72,500 restoration of Lake Weeroona’s two historic picnic shelters this week.

City of Greater Bendigo Property Services Manager Andy Walker said the work will include cleaning, timber and structural repairs including metal and roofing repairs, painting and new footings to the northern-most shelter.

“While the condition of both pavilions is reasonable, there is roof damage and signs of rot in some timber sections,” Mr Walker said.

“The two picnic pavilions are located on the Napier Street side of Lake Weeroona and are an important feature of the Lake Weeroona precinct that date back to the early 1900’s.

“The northern-most pavilion which was constructed around 1904, is the oldest existing structure in the precinct. A picnic pavilion of very similar design was also constructed in White Hills Botanic Gardens around the same time

“The southern pavilion which is a more elaborate structure is a later addition with Council records indicating that it was relocated from the Rosalind Park Upper Reserve around 1931.

“The pavilions are much used by visitors to the lake and this restoration project is important in terms of protecting our local heritage.

“The works form part of Councils commitment to ensure the City maintains its community assets so they are fit for purpose and allow the enjoyable use of our prominent facilities.”

The restoration works are fully funded by the City and will be undertaken by local contractor BLR Provincial Construction. Works will be staged to minimise any impact on visitors to the Lake and the project is expected to be completed in late April 2018.


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