As a long-standing -although not consistent- resident of Ballarat, I believe it is within my rights to get a little vocal on local issues. So to start my blog, I’m going to begin with a point of contention that has certainly been a hot topic in this household. *drum roll* The refilling of Lake Wendouree.
When I say hot, I don’t mean that we argue about it, in fact -for once- I think most members are in agreement. Don’t fill the god-damn lake, I mean swamp.
How irritating for fellow Ballaratians to have to put up with local celebrities strutting their stuff saying “the heart and soul” of Ballarat is being sucked dry. That “we are the laughing stock” of the state.
I’m not sure how many other Ballarat residents have been cruising around Victoria, but I know that in my travels, from Gippsland to the Hamilton, from Portland to Wangaratta, I haven’t come across a soul who has laughed in my face about our dry lake. The common response would be, “ah, not much rain eh? Same’ere.”
Given we’re the driest continent in the world, it doesn’t come as a surprise that we would have a drought every so often. It’s either droughts or floods, take your pick!
Besides, Ballarat has bigger fish to fry! I’d like, said local celebrity, to take a walk around Ballarat one day – or night and embrace the low socio-economic climate we’ve got going on. I’d like them to pop into our police station and ask if we’ve got enough police to cover break-ins, street violence, domestic violence and drug abuse. I’d like them to ask the midwives and nursing staff at the local hospitals if filling the lake really trumps putting some more staff on.
Pump the lake? Lets pump the community! Lets find some jobs! Lets open some more restaurants and retail, lets show Victoria that Ballarat actually has something worth selling. No one comes to Ballarat for our LAKE. Who are they kidding? Soverign Hill brings in more customers than Lake Wendouree.
Councillors, residents, countrymen – why not look into more economically viable, ecologically sustainable (have you seen the size of this MAN-made lake) and long term solutions for solving our dried up ‘heart and soul’?
It’s oft been said that the social divide between the haves and have nots is very clear in Ballarat. And after this ridiculous water debate, this ignorant tax sucking campaign, I can see why.
Who benefits the most from the lake being full?
Lets just say, I can’t afford a boat, let alone a canoe. But possibly an inflatable dinghy – on layby.