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.