The works will run from Monday 16 October to Sunday 22 October. During this time the Lake will be closed for all public use between the hours of 6am to 6pm, including boating and swimming, to ensure the maintenance takes place both effectively and safely. Other surrounding grassed areas will still be open and not affected by the works.
The process involves use of an aquatic harvester boat, which cuts the plant below the surface and through use of a conveyor stores the cut material on board for later disposal. The boat will be on the Lake for seven days, limiting the amount of plant growing near the surface, pieces breaking off, washing up on banks and floating on the surface within the recreational activity areas.
Greater Shepparton City Council’s Manager Parks, Sport and Recreation Heath Chasemore outlined that the works are part of regular routine maintenance of the area, with the last maintenance works occurring in March 2017.
“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,” said Mr Chasemore.