New lagoon proposed for Baldwin Swamp
BALDWIN Swamp could see a new lagoon constructed in an effort to reduce ongoing mosquito and stench concerns.
The lagoon is anticipated to cost more than half a million dollars, with its future to be decided at an Ordinary Meeting of council next week.
Bundaberg Regional Council Community and Environment general manager Gavin Steele presented the recommendation to the councillors at its first briefing meeting of the year yesterday.
Mr Steele said the proposed lagoon was part of the original master plan for Baldwin Swamp, put together by the former Bundaberg City Council in the 1980s.
"But because of a lack of funds at the time it was put on hold," he said.
Friends of Baldwin Swamp member of 22 years Janet Tallon said she believed the new lagoon was the best solution to address ongoing concerns in the area.
"The current channels and islands have all been manually created and this was part of the design that was not completed at that time," she said.
Mrs Tallon believed the lagoon would fix mosquito problems, allow for better circulation of water and reduce the stench coming from the area - which she said surrounding residents found "offensive".
"The area's been gradually sinking and the problem's been gradually increasing," she said.
"Two floods and a lot more rain has increased the necessity of it needing to be done. "Since 2010, it's been a continual problem."
Mr Steele said the council was not currently in a financial position to carry out the project, but was proposing to get the project "shovel ready" should the money because available though State or Federal Government grants.
"Which it does from time to time for natural areas and enhancements," he said.
He said the area for the proposed lagoon was located off Totten St and was difficult for the council to maintain.
"Because it's always boggy under foot and it's hard getting mowers in," he said. He said water was left to sit stagnant in "little potholes".
"Which are great for mosquitoes, you can't get predators in there," he said.
Mr Steele said when the area dried out; vegetation that had been inundated created a stench.
"That location out there is close to residents so this is trying to resolve that issue as well."
Mr Steele described what the project, which would cost around $557,000, would involve.
"Effectively it's a marsh area at the moment and what we're hoping to do is dig it out and give it a bit of depth, and improve it so we don't have to maintain it," he said.
He said the new lagoon would promote water flow, reduce stench concerns, promote fish in the area - a predator to mosquito larvae - and be more visually appealing.