A PIECE OF POND TO BE RE­TAINED

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - PAUL WE­STON

THE Gold Coast Turf Club has re­leased a graphic show­ing a small sec­tion of Black Swan Lake will be re­tained.

The art­work shows train­ers walk­ing horses on a large grassed area, a man walk­ing a dog and a fam­ily of ducks in a small pond where there is seat­ing.

The turf club pro­vided the art in a let­ter to mem­bers ti­tled “Re­ju­ve­na­tion on track for bor­row pit”.

“The Gold Coast Turf Club will fold the pit into its long-term plan for the fu­ture of sta­bling race­horses lo­cally as part of the Train­tech and Equine Precinct,” the club mem­ber up­date said.

“The end re­sult will pro­vide widerang­ing ben­e­fits to the in­dus­try with grassed ar­eas for horses to ex­er­cise, a walk­ing track area, ad­di­tional park­ing for Magic Mil­lions when re­quired, and po­ten­tially a pub­lic amenity.”

The coun­cil has in­di­cated pre­vi­ously it was un­likely the area would be avail­able for the pub­lic.

The mem­ber up­date re­peated com­ments by Mayor Tom Tate that ap­provals given by the coun­cil for the site to be ex­ca­vated “have al­ways had the con­di­tion that the bor­row pit must be filled back as part of the process and the site re­ju­ve­nated”.

“An­other fact that is not com­monly known is the land was orig­i­nally owned free­hold by the Gold Coast Turf Club and it was given to the City of Gold Coast at no cost to the coun­cil or ratepay­ers,” the up­date said.

Ratepay­ers have been pay­ing for the up­keep of the lake which re­quired con­stant at­ten­tion due to the run-off from stormwa­ter drains at the nearby sta­bles.

The club up­date con­firmed the lake “is fed by stormwa­ter run-off from the sur­round­ing 5.7ha catch­ment and prop­er­ties that are used ex­clu­sively for eques­trian pur­poses”.

“Con­trary to mis­lead­ing me­dia re­ports, the Gold Coast Turf Club has al­ways been com­pli­ant with lo­cal, state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sid­er­a­tions and the ma­jor­ity of the com­mu­nity agree that this toxic pit needs to be cleaned up,” mem­bers were told.

The club said it had com­mit­ted ex­ten­sive time and re­search on flora and fauna stud­ies but pro­vided no cost­ings. The amount pre­vi­ously pro­vided to the Bul­letin was $150,000.

“Water sam­pling by city of­fi­cers (catch­ment man­age­ment unit) and in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tants have con­firmed the water in the lake re­mains highly eu­trophic – detri­men­tally rich in nu­tri­ents,” the club up­date said.

The lake had a high amount of am­mo­nia and ni­tro­gen which were com­mon com­po­nents of an­i­mal waste and could be­come pol­lu­tants.

Artist im­pres­sion of the fu­ture of Black Swan Lake at Bun­dall, sent to Turf Club mem­bers in a re­cent news­let­ter.

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