The Eureka Stockade Memorial Park is home to a new fountain that will change colour under the stars of the Southern Cross.
Equipped with a colour changing lighting system, the fountain has been installed in the middle of Lake Penhalluriack to enhance the park’s appeal.
The lake was once home to two related fountains, established by the Eureka Stockade Memorial Park Committee in recognition of the voluntary work and efforts of its past members to transform the reserve from a wilderness of scrub and shallow diggings into a picturesque reserve.
An inefficient pump system eventually made the fountains irreparable and they remained out of action for some years.
City of Ballarat’s Parks and Gardens team has been working since March this year on the installation of the new fountain, which includes a crown-like head similar to the previous fountains.
The new Eureka Stockade Memorial Park Fountain will be illuminated with a subtle blue lighting that is shared with the clock face at the Ballarat Town Hall and the Centenary Fountain on Lake Wendouree.
The fountain will run from 8am to 10.30pm and will be lit up after dusk.
Ballarat Mayor, Cr Samantha McIntosh said reinstating a fountain at the Eureka Stockade Memorial Park site was out of respect for the many people who over many years had contributed to its national heritage listing and a place of national significance.
“This area remains popular with people of all ages who visit the Eureka Centre and the Eureka Stockade Memorial Park to enjoy its history, monuments, majestic trees and the children’s playground,” she said.
The City has been working to reinstate ‘forgotten’ fountains across the city as part of its beautification strategy for parks and gardens.
The reinstatement of the fountain was also identified by the Eureka Centre Community Advisory Committee as important to improving the appeal of both the Eureka Centre and the National Heritage Listed Eureka Stockade Memorial Park. Further improvements and integration of the centre and the park are addressed in a soon to be released 2030 Vision document, developed by the committee.
Consultation to support the development of an Interpretation Plan for the centre and park also highlighted the importance of the park to the community.