Rehabilitation project moves Lake Kepwari to becoming recreational destination
The Collie contractors tasked with rehabilitation works at Lake Kepwari expect the project will take almost twice as long as announced by the Premier Mark McGowan.
Mr McGowan visited the former coal mine on Friday to announce work was under way as Premier Coal prepared to hand the land back to the State Government.
He said works were expected to be completed in early April but Cardinal Contractors co-owner Mark Buemi said he thought the job would take four months.
“Realistically we are looking to make sure it is done before winter,” he said.
“We’ll do everything we can within that time frame, but there is quite a fair amount of material we have to move.
“We also need to place Geofabric and install a 750mm layer of rock over an area of 5000sq m.”
The contractors will place nearly 7000cu m of rock as part of the work done on the lake’s inlet and outlet.
“We will be cutting the slopes to ... reduce the current gradient and we will increase the capacity of the outlet to deal with a one-in-100-year flood,” he said.
“There is also some shrub clearing that will have to take place but all this work is about making the lake safer.”
At Friday’s announcement Mr McGowan said it was great that rehabilitation works had started as they would lay the foundation for further infrastructure at the lake.
“We look forward to putting in place government infrastructure such as boat ramps, camping grounds and road improvements,” he said.
“This has been long anticipated by the Collie community and will be a terrific tourism attraction and a great recreational facility for locals and tourists.”
Mr Buemi is also a keen water skier and said the size of the lake would be a big drawcard.
“Massive lakes are hard to find in this day and age,” he said.
“The volume and size of Lake Kepwari means it will be able to accommodate a lot of boats.
“It will be another great opportunity to get out and about in Collie.”
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