Norfolk Lakes Renewal and Spillway Upgrade gets underway
Moreton Bay Regional Council has commenced work on a vital upgrade of Norfolk Lakes in Narangba to boost flood resilience and enhance the lake’s amenity and water quality.
Councillor for Division 11 Darren Grimwade said the project involves the construction of a spillway, low-flow outlet and a weir at the north western corner of the lake, on MacDonald Drive, near Delaney Road, to greatly enhance the appearance and amenity of the lake.
“Work is underway to start lowering the lake levels in preparation of the upcoming works,” Cr Grimwade said.
“This project is welcome news for our community, as it will provide better flood mitigation for the lake and nearby roads, infrastructure and properties.
“Norfolk Lakes Park is a great location for local residents to relax and watch the birdlife on the lake, walk the dog, or have a picnic or BBQ and watch the kids play at the park, and it’s hoped these works can really enhance the lake area for our local community.
“As the local Councillor for this area, I am pleased to be able to deliver much-needed funds for this important local project.”
Council budgeted $1.9 million for the project, and following a competitive tender process, a $1.75 million tender was awarded in May 2017. The tender was assessed as representing best overall value.
Cr Grimwade said the works would also be undertaken to improve maintenance access to the lake.
“Dredging of shallow sections of the lake and the installation of maintenance access ramps will allow for access and safe navigation for the weed harvester,” Cr Grimwade said.
“Effective aquatic weed control will ensure the right plants grow in the lake providing quality habitat for native birds, reptiles and frogs.
Council will also improve the lake’s amenity throughout the project, with the installation of rock edges and landscaping to improve the appearance of the lake’s foreshore but also to decrease sedimentation.
Cr Grimwade said council would work closely with the contractor to ensure residents were kept well informed throughout the project, in addition to putting in place a traffic and pedestrian management plan.
“A challenge with this type of project is delivering the work while protecting the wildlife that has already made the lake their home. When working in these sensitive areas, Council always engage professional wildlife spotters / catchers to actively search for aquatic fauna, and relocate the animals to a safe area.”
Norfolk Lakes Neighbourhood Watch Group, Area Coordinator, Barbara Moloney said the upgrade of Norfolk Lakes was much needed for the benefit of the community and wildlife in the area.
“There have been a number of problems associated with the lake such as weed growth and deterioration, as the lake is quite shallow,” Ms Moloney said.
“This project will no doubt enhance the lake, improve its amenity and provide a better environment for native birds, reptiles and frogs.
“Norfolk Lakes is a beautiful area and there are many people who are keen to help keep the place looking attractive.
“We understand there are sensitivities around the welfare of the wildlife as works happen, but Moreton Bay Regional Council is doing a great job in protecting the wildlife in the area while works take place.
“We would like to express our thanks to Council for allocating substantial funds to this project and we look forward to seeing the enhancement of our park area when the project is completed.”
Works are expected to be completed by November, weather permitting.