On Tuesday, the weather was reasonable (if a little blowy) and the usual bike ride was in the offing. The only problem was of course, that my (off road) cycling route to pretty much everywhere in town was under several feet of water in quite a few places. So, not feeling quite up to swimming the Troop Loop, the next best option was to head for the Bay. It had been a while since we'd ridden that way and in any case, there was a little project I'd been meaning to check out for a while.
Ready to go, we jumped on the Swanston Street bike lane which runs only a couple of hundred metres from my front door and headed north instead of south. With the sun out and the bay sparkling, we were compelled to stop for a coffee and enjoy the view.
And this, as it turns out, it may almost have been the case. The following description of the project provided on the City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) website indicates that in 1925 a lake which was present on the site was filled in to form a cricket oval.
|Lake in Eastern Gardens with treatment station to the left|
And this too is what the contractors are doing. Initial works began in late December, 2011. They were largely completed a few months ago and with the autumn rain, the lake filled. At this point, however it was drained and checked for leakage. All was discovered to be well and the lake is once again filling and expected to be at or near its seven million litre capacity by spring.
|New Eastern Gardens lake|
|View across the lake looking north west|
Funding for the lake, which will cost in the vicinity of $930 million was provided jointly by the CoGG and the Federal Government as part of the council's Sustainable Water Use Plan.