Keeping our tram story on track

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The City of Ballarat is replacing the 1.2km of very old and dilapidated tram track around Lake Wendouree on behalf of the Tram Museum.

The museum plays an important role in preserving the Ballarat Tram experience that existed on the streets of the city from 1887 to 1971.

The Ballarat Tramways Museum was successful in receiving a $1.2 million grant from the State Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund, which was also matched by $1.2 million from the Local Roads and Trains Grant. community infrastructure from the federal government, bringing the total cost of the project to $2.4 million.

Ballarat City Councilor Des Hudson said continued maintenance of the tram experience was essential not only for tourism reasons, but equally important for its historical and educational value to the city.

“This work is considerable and yet the return on investment will be tenfold,” he said.

“We have put out a call for tenders and expect work to start in April or May, with work to be completed in less than three months from that date.

“This is an exciting project, and everything is on track to ensure the future success of the Tram Museum as a major tourist map of Ballarat.”

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