The controversial Lake Wendouree lighting project is taking another step forward, with the tender process now open for the project.
The lighting project will see 225 light poles installed along the six-kilometre Steve Moneghetti Track which runs around Lake Wendouree.
Another seven light poles will be installed along Morrison Street as part of the project to connect Lake Wendouree to Victoria Park.
With work on the project expected to take place over summer and into 2022, and given the frequent use of the lake as an events hub, works will not take place two days either side of events such as the Ballarat Begonia Festival, Head of the Lake and other major regattas, Cycle Classic and the Athletics Victoria Championships.
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The project received approval from City of Ballarat councillors at the October council meeting, with five of eight councillors present voting in favour of awarding it a planning permit.
The light poles will measure about 5.5 metres in height, be painted moss green and will be installed every 25 or 30 metres around almost the entire track, except for the portion that runs through the Ballarat Botanical Gardens between Carlton Street and St Aidens Drive.
The lights will turn on at dusk according to a sensor measuring the amount of available natural light and will turn off at 10pm each night.
City of Ballarat chief executive Evan King said the project would be funded by $2.5 million from the state government and $300,000 from the City of Ballarat.
"Lights will be installed along six kilometres of the Steve Moneghetti Track and will turn on and off at select times through the early mornings and evenings, dependent on the time of the year and daylight savings," he said.
"The Lake Wendouree lighting project was a priority project identified in the Lake Wendouree Master Plan 2017. Subject to awarding the tender, works are expected to begin in autumn 2022, with an anticipated 12-month completion date."
The tender process for the project closes at midday on Wednesday, December 8.
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