Lake gets clean up

October 13, 2017

The "weed wacker" in action on Victoria Park Lake in 2014 in preparation for the Shepparton Challenge triathlon.

No boating and no swimming in Victoria Park Lake next week, Greater Shepparton City Council has ruled.

The council will be completing underwater gardening, using an aquatic harvester boat.

But do not worry — fish calling the lake home will not be affected.

Next week has been set aside by the council to remove ribbon weed from the lake.

The boat trims the plants under the water before storing the cut-offs on board, using a conveyor.

The lake will be ‘‘closed for all public use’’ to make sure the works can happen ‘‘effectively and safely’’.

Grassed areas will not be affected.

The boat will be out on the lake for the full week.

The operation aims to limit the plant growing near the surface, prevent pieces breaking off, surfacing and washing up on shore.

Council parks, sport and recreation manager Heath Chasemore said the works were part of regular routine maintenance of the area.

The weeding was last done this time last year.

‘‘Council will ensure that the works are completed with a high standard and that fish and animals living in the lake won’t be harmed.’’

‘‘Ribbon weed will remain in the wetland and other areas for its water treatment properties and animal habitat,’’ Mr Chasemore said.

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