After many years of community campaigning, the new Einbunpin Lagoon Management Plan is one step closer, with funding secured to progress design and early works.
The Einbunpin Lagoon has been plagued by blue-green algae and other water quality issues for many years and treatments have been unsuccessful.
In 2018 & 2019 Council undertook minor wall repairs on the lagoon and began work on the draft management plan.
Works suggested by the plan include draining the lagoon in sections, excavating the substrate, removing the old concrete walls and establishing natural filtration at one end of the lagoon.
Local Councillor Jared Cassidy said securing the funding was one of his top priorities for his community.
“This has been a long process, but after working with the community I’m very pleased we have been able to secure funding in a tough budget to get work started on this important project,” Cr Cassidy said.
“The Einbunpin Lagoon, right in the heart of Sandgate, should be the jewel of our community, but for too long it’s been forgotten about by Council – we’ve changed that now.”
Sandgate based Northside Family Law owner Rebekah Mannering said fixing the lagoon was a must-do.
“We love the small community atmosphere here in Sandgate and spending time around the lagoon is all part of that,” Ms Mannering said.
“This plan to finally fix the lagoon will be really welcomed.”
Councillor Cassidy said these proposed works were backed by the experts.
“I’ve spoken to a number of water quality experts both within Council and in the industry and they’ve all said to me this type of intervention is needed to ensure we get the long-term health of the lagoon right.”
Detailed design, community consultation and early works are due to commence this financial year with major works expected in the 2021-22 financial year.