Creating a Water Park - Artesian Water Reuse
For over a century, spent artesian water from the Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre (MAAC) and the local artesian water industry has been discharged into the Mehi River.
To solve an environmental issue and provide improved health, wellbeing and regional sustainability, Moree Plains Shire Council, in consultation with the Moree Water Ski Club, developed an idea to reuse the water by building a community water-based recreational and sports park, situated in the Evergreen Precinct, 10km south of Moree.
Lester Rodgers Katrina Humphries Paul WildeAfter calling for residents’ name suggestions, the Council officially resolved to call the facility the Moree Water Park with a plaque unveiling to take place in September. The lakes are still being filled and public access should be available by mid-summer.
Moree Plains Shire Council General Manager Lester Rodgers said the water ski lakes would introduce a significant new recreational and tourist facility which is not available in the region.
“The water park is a family friendly facility designed to cater for an array of water-based activities such as canoeing, dinghy sailing, dragon boat racing, jet skiing, kayaking, model boating, rowing, wakeboarding and water skiing.
There will also be a range of shore-based facilities such as amenities, vehicle and boat trailer parking areas, viewing areas and landscaping,” said Mr Rodgers.
The Moree Water Park includes two tournament water ski lakes built in compliance with International and Australian water skiing standards and a recreational circuit lake almost 1.2km long. The lakes are filled primarily by spent artesian water which is pumped through nine kilometres of pipeline stretching from the MAAC to the water park.
The lakes are constructed to prevent water seepage into the groundwater or surface waters, which has required extensive design, quality controlled soil assessments and construction procedures.
Enthusiasm from General Manager Lester Rodgers, Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries and Paul Wilde Principal Contractor from Wilde Civil Pty Ltd bubbles like the waters that have filled the lakes in anticipation for the plaque unveiling of the Moree Water Park.
Moree Water Ski Lakes Project Breaks Ground
An official sod-turning ceremony has signalled the start of construction for the Moree Water Ski Lakes development on the southern outskirts of the township.
The official sod Turning of the Moree Ski LakesThe Moree Water Ski Lakes consists of two water ski lakes 800 metres long and built in compliance with International and Australian water skiing standards. The third lake will be 1.2 kilometres long, over 200 metres wide and designed as a circuit lake for a wide range of water sports.
The family friendly facility will be designed to cater for an array of water based activities such as water skiing, rowing, dragon boat racing, jet skiing, wakeboard, canoeing and kayaking. There will also be a range of proposed shore-based facilities such as vehicle and vehicle/trailer parking areas, amenities, clubhouse, viewing areas and landscaping.
The lakes will be filled primarily by spent artesian spa water discharged from the Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre (MAAC) and the artesian spa precinct made possible by the construction of a seven kilometre pipeline stretching from the MAAC to the Evergreen Precinct.
Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries was onsite to welcome onlookers to the event which represents one of the largest recreational projects ever undertaken in Moree.
“This morning, we are doing the sod turning, so to speak, although you can see from the big hole behind me that the sod has already been turned!"
She also invited the community to get involved in naming the new water ski park. “It’s the community’s water ski park so it is important that people have a stake in it”
“So I think this is a great opportunity for the community so be part of the history of Moree and get involved” she said.
People are encouraged to enter their name suggestion either online via Council’s Facebook page or in person at Level 2, Max Centre, 30 Heber Street.
Works begin at the Moree Ski LakesCouncil has appointed local contractor Wilde Civil Pty Ltd to construct the water ski lakes. Wilde Civil’s Managing Director, Paul Wilde, represented the company at the ceremony and expressed how delighted he was to be a part of such an important local project.
The Moree Water Ski Lakes will be situated in the Evergreen Precinct, an area of land owned by Council to provide opportunities for environmentally sustainable activities. The site for the lakes was selected on the basis that it is one of the few flood free areas with suitable soils and underlying geology and has no direct connection to ground water, an essential requirement for development.
The project is expected to take approximately four months to complete, subject to weather and favourable ground conditions.
Sod Turning ceremony for the Moree Ski Lakes
NBN news coverage of the sod turning