A new lake equiv­a­lent to about 1000 Olympic swim­ming pools will form part of the planned $590 mil­lion New­port wa­ter­front com­mu­nity on the Red­cliffe Penin­sula.

Stock­land act­ing Queens­land res­i­den­tial gen­eral man­ager David Laner said con­struc­tion of the 22ha lake at the New­port com­mu­nity had passed the half-way mark, with about 1,420,000 cu­bic me­tres of earth ex­ca­vated from the site.

“Ev­ery day more than two Olympic swim­ming pools of earth are re­moved from the lake site, which is due to be filled with two bil­lion litres of sea wa­ter on com­ple­tion,” Mr Laner said. “The soil is re­dis­tributed to help in the con­struc­tion of other parts of the 143ha de­vel­op­ment site.”

He said work was pro­gress­ing well on the lake, which would be the cen­tral fea­ture of the vi­brant new bay­side com­mu­nity.

“This is the jewel in the crown of New­port and we’re de­lighted with the progress be­ing made on the lake ex­ca­va­tion – it’s ex­cit­ing to see our vi­sion be­com­ing a re­al­ity,” Mr Laner said.

“The new lake will form the cen­tral fea­ture of our new com­mu­nity, pro­vid­ing a fan­tas­tic recre­ational fa­cil­ity for peo­ple who en­joy

boat­ing and wa­ter sports with di­rect ac­cess to More­ton Bay.”

In all, about two mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of earth will be ex­ca­vated to cre­ate a 14m deep non-tidal lake. On a typ­i­cal day there are about 160 per­son­nel on site and 60 earth­mov­ing ma­chines in op­er­a­tion. When the lake is done, it will have high mast ac­cess to More­ton Bay via a lock, and two shared use zones for light pad­dle craft. Con­struc­tion on the lake is ex­pected to be fin­ished by the end of the year.

The com­mu­nity will also fea­ture parks, cy­cling and walk­ing paths, shops, health fa­cil­i­ties, pub­lic trans­port and beaches.

Con­struc­tion of a 22ha lake at Stock­land’s New­port com­mu­nity on the Red­cliffe Penin­sula has passed the half-way mark.

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