PREPARE TO DROP ANCHOR
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.