Old power plant lake sani­tised


PORT Au­gusta res­i­dents hope waft­ing bad smells and midge in­fes­ta­tions will soon be a thing of the past as work starts on a $3.2 mil­lion fix for the smelly “Bird Lake”.

The lo­cal coun­cil will in March be­gin work on the State Gov­ern­ment-funded pro­ject, which in­volves plac­ing parcels of soil near the edges of the lake as well as plant­ing na­tive shrubs and trees.

The lake was a catch­ment for wa­ter from the North­ern Power Sta­tion.

Res­i­dents and busi­nesses near Port Au­gusta’s south­east town en­trance have been putting up with un­pleas­ant odours since the power sta­tion closed in 2016 and the lake dried up.

Mayor Brett Ben­bow said prob­lems oc­curred when it rained and wa­ter re­turned to the lake, af­fect­ing bac­te­ria be­neath the sur­face.

“It was shock­ing ac­tu­ally,” Mr Ben­bow said.

“But it hasn’t been too bad of late be­cause we haven’t had much rain. We want to get it done be­fore the rains this year.”

Mem­ber for Stuart, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, said the pro­ject’s first stage was pre­par­ing plans for en­gi­neer­ing and reveg­e­ta­tion work.

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