Now this is something charming. Did you know that the fish pond out the front of Bata Shoes in Mornington has been in existence since the ‘80s and is home to goldfish that would have otherwise ended up in less salubrious situations?
Known as a ‘care facility’ for at least 17 fish (there may be more hiding in the shallows), this 4m x 3m fish pond is home to two black goldfish and their orange, gold and yellow counterparts. Emma McKenna, who has been working with Bata for three years, pulls on her Bata gumboots to wade through the pond every couple of weeks to look after these goofy critters, while the professionals come in twice a year to give it a really good going over.
Emma explains. “I’ve sort of taken it on myself to look after the fish. I find it very relaxing and the kids who come along with their parents to purchase their shoes love hanging out there. Of course, the pond has a fence around it, so it is safe. It’s such a beautiful little eco-system. There are water lilies which the fish breed on too. Some of the fish have been bred there but many have been donated by locals. Eight fish were donated last year. I feed them and make sure the environment remains clean. I like to think I’m playing my part in keeping the fish pond thriving. It’s part of the Bata Shoes landscape.”
There’s about 20,000 litres of water in the Bata Shoes fish pond plus a fountain which turns into a waterfall. All the fish are in great condition since only the healthiest goldfish are welcomed into this sparkly scaly fold. There’s a couple of big ones that measure about 45cm and the smallest would be about 4cm.
Next time you’re in the market for some new shoes, swing by Bata and make sure you take a look at a fish pond that has been in existence for more than 30 years. Time moves quickly, but some charmingly simple things remain the same. Thankfully.