Claremont council commits extra $40,000 for maintenance and restoration of Lake Claremont

Claremont council commits extra $40,000 for maintenance and restoration of Lake Claremont

CLAREMONT council will devote a further $40,000 in funding for the maintenance and restoration of the Lake Claremont area.

Since July, the Town has completed several works at the lake that were not originally planned for in the 2016-17 budget, including erosion control works on the lake edges, additional tree work to clear pathways and improve views, fox trapping during the spring and water testing due to algae growth.

Weeds enjoyed ideal conditions during spring and summer, increasing the cost of maintaining the area, with some of the weeds requiring labour-intensive methods to remove.

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More than 50 eastern states eucalypts germinated across the site and needed removal.

As part of the midyear budget review in 2016, the administration requested an additional $60,000 for undertaking programmed maintenance activities at the site but the council approved an additional $20,000 on 21 February this year.

At the Lake Claremont Advisory Committee meeting on February 23, an urgent item was raised in relation to the additional budget request because of mounting expenses.

At the most recent Claremont council meeting Councillor Bruce Haynes moved that council support “an additional $40,000 for Lake Claremont and Lake Claremont Surrounds budget 2016-17 and adjust the midyear savings accordingly”, with Cr Karen Wood seconding the motion.

Council voted unanimously in favour of boosting the funding.