Bendigo Rowing Club returns to Lake Weeroona after removal of weeds

CHOKED: These weeds, which kept rowers off Lake Weeroona, have now been removed. Picture: DARREN HOWE
CHOKED: These weeds, which kept rowers off Lake Weeroona, have now been removed. Picture: DARREN HOWE

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ROWERS will return to Lake Weeroona following the removal of weeds that hampered the activities of one of the city’s oldest sporting clubs.

Bendigo Rowing Club will reinstate its training programs at the lake after the City of Greater Bendigo addressed the issue that had been plaguing the club for several months.

Late last year, humid conditions and nutrient inflow resulting from the ibis population had led to an explosion of weeds, which wrapped around the oars and keels of boats and made rowing difficult.

“It’s been a difficult summer for our athletes who have had to curtail their training regimes,” BRC president Peter Morrison said.

“But we are thrilled that the council has kept its pledge to remove the weeds and restore the lake for rowing, canoeing and dragon boating.”

Mr Morrison said the club would reintroduce the beginners and school programs before winter.

The City of Greater Bendigo has also given the club a $4000 grant to purchase a lake mower, which will cut weeds to one metre below the surface.

“We will be able to ensure that the lake can host rowing, canoeing, dragon boating and model yachting year round,” Mr Morrison said.

More to come.