Lake to lose beach section

Lake to lose beach section

The Millicent swimming lake is set to lose its sandy beach on its western side.

Wattle Range Council is looking to undertake a major reconstruction of the 54-year-old facility with a concrete base replacing its failing bitumen surface.

Council chief executive Ben Gower provided a verbal report from the consultant engineers to the monthly council meeting in Millicent last week.

Mr Gower said the replacement of the beach with a concrete border would prevent sand from clogging up the pipework.

He said the shade structures would have to be removed during the reconstruction phase but would be reinstated.

Likewise, Mr Gower said the fenced-off area for infants would also be impacted in a similar way on a temporary basis.

The council chief executive said he would be calling a special council meeting with respect to the swimming lake reconstruction.

Councillor Sharon Cox queried whether the lake would lose its beach feel due to the removal of the sand.

Cr Dale Price asked about the numbers using the Millicent swimming lake but Mr Gower said this data was not tallied by the council.

However, Mr Gower said numbers were recorded by lifeguards at the council-operated pools at Nangwarry and Penola.

The meeting also considered a written report about the lake from its program manager Craig Turner.

He said council staff had met with the consultant engineers FMG to further discuss the swimming lake engineering design.

“The exact location of the plant room and layout was confirmed,” Mr Turner said.

“Consideration was given to a concrete path along the front end of the lake to help maintain the lawn edging and separation from the lake shore.

“Council staff requested that FMG apply extra resources to the project to allow the tender to be published as soon as possible.”

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