Wagga Wagga City Council has agreed to partner with the Lake Albert Community Group to complete a number of projects at the waterway while water levels remain low.
Vegetation growth at the northern and southern ends of the lake has been approved for removal by the State Government whilst extensions and repairs to the six boat ramps around the lake was also given the go-ahead at Council’s 11 May Ordinary Meeting.
Council Strategic Asset Planner Ben Creighton said the partnership with the community group will result in some important works being completed in coming weeks.
Mr Creighton said the community group, which includes an engineer and professional concreter, will project manage and deliver the boat ramp upgrades.
Council will contribute $19,158 of the estimated $22,158 material costs and waive the waste management centre fees associated with removing any spoil from the site.
The Wagga Wagga Sailing Club will contribute the remaining $3,000 of materials funding with the machinery and labour, estimated at $15,155, to be contributed by the community group and local businesses.
“Council is always keen to work together with community groups to achieve greater outcomes with available funding,” Mr Creighton said.
“This is another example of Council and the community getting best value for their dollar by partnering with the user groups to complete major works. We continue to achieve results at McDonald’s Park under a similar arrangement with Wagga Rugby League.”
Mr Creighton said the removal of regrowth vegetation has been approved by the Department of Primary Industries-Fisheries which required a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) permit to proceed.
It is proposed to remove regrowth saplings up to two metres high, using machinery to clear the vegetation below ground level to ensure that no tree stubs are left submerged in the water which could create a hazard when the lake refills.
The estimated cost of completing the vegetation removal works future works is $21,500 (excluding disposal costs).