Moree Water Ski Lakes Gets Underway
The Moree Plains Shire Council will collaborate with the Moree Water Ski Club to develop the Moree Water Ski Lakes, a multi purpose facility that will be situated in the Evergreen Precinct, an area of land purchased by Council to provide opportunities for environmentally sustainable activities.
As a part of Council’s wider commitment to provide improved health, wellbeing and environmental outcomes for regional sustainability, the Moree Water Ski Lakes will divert spent spa water from the Mehi River to ponds developed for reuse of the water.
Moree Plains Shire Council General Manager David Aber said the water ski lakes would introduce a significant new recreational and tourist facility currently not available in the region.
”The Moree Water Ski Lakes has the potential to become the centrepiece for sport and recreational activities”
“It will create local job opportunities, bring investment to the area, support local community initiatives and leave a long-term positive legacy in Moree Plains.” he said.
Council has appointed local contractor Wilde Civil Pty Ltd to construct the water ski lakes.
Wilde Civil has been operating in the construction industry for more than 65 years and were selected due to their extensive experience of similar large scale infrastructure works. Wilde Civil will be the lead contractor for the development; however subcontracting work will flow through to local contractors.
Construction of the water ski lakes will focus on the mitigation of seepage and environmental harm to both ground and surface waters. This means a high level of design detail and well defined standards for soil assessment and lake construction are necessary to ensure the structural integrity of the lakes’ features.
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.
Five water storage ponds will be developed, two of which will be 800 metres long and built in compliance with international and Australian water skiing standards. The third pond will be 1.2 kilometres long and over 200 metres wide and designed as a circuit lake for a wide range of water sports.
An array of water based activities will be catered for 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, seating and landscaping.
Work is expected to commence in late October. Council will be holding information sessions where residents can find out more information about the development.