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Residents unimpressed by lake 'improvements'

PUMPED DRY: Parklakes residents are unhappy with the way the lakes have been managed.
PUMPED DRY: Parklakes residents are unhappy with the way the lakes have been managed. Contributed

AS AN avid bird-watcher, Parklakes resident Chris Watts has been dismayed to find the active birdlife which patronised the residential area's waters gone.

Formerly a hotspot for fowls of all shapes and sizes, some so rarely spotted they warranted a call to the state's bird conservation organisation Birds Queensland, Mr Watts said almost all wildlife had completely disappeared from the area.

The reason for the drop in numbers, he said, was the continued mismanagement of the Parklakes waters.

"The powers that be decided to 'improve' the lakes, they wanted to get rid of the alien vegetation growing there, but the way they went about it was crazy,” he said.

Mr Watts said the lakes were drained twice for the plantation of new water vegetation, all of which died within a few months.

"And now it's drained again, there's no birds and it's just a giant mud puddle.”

"It's just unnecessary - just let Mother Nature do her job and open up all the lakes for clean water to flow through all of them.”

Rallying a collection of similarly upset residents, Mr Watts took the matter to the council.

"It's not the way I usually do things, but no one was talking to us or telling us why they were doing this,” he said.

Division Nine councillor Steve Robinson, however, said the responsibility for managing the lakes fell solely to the Parklakes developers.

"At the moment, the lakes haven't been handed over to council, although council are working closely with (Parklakes),” he said.

"We can only accept them in full working order and it's been advised to me that it's not yet at the required standard.”

The residents of the Bli Bli residential area pride themselves on the beauty of their waters, which originally were a draw card for Mr Watts and his wife Andrea.

"Every morning we walked around the beautiful lakes,” he said.

"But now we don't even go there because it's so unpleasant.

"They keep telling me they're going to improve it, but it just keeps getting worse.”

At the time of publication, Parklakes had not responded to requests for comment but Mr Watts said there had been some new activity by the waters.

"They look like they're working on it, but who knows how it will turn out?”

Cr Robinson welcomed unhappy residents to contact him with any concerns over the lakes' improvements and handover to the council.

Topics:  birds queensland bli bli lakes drained parklakes


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