Baw Baw News By William PJ Kulich // 23:19, Sunday 22 February 2015
EXCAVATION and formation works on the new wetlands at the Waterford Rise estate to the west of Warragul are running ahead of schedule.
First published in the 13 February edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. Get your copy today from retailers across Baw Baw.
The first stage of the project involves the construction of five separate ponds for the wetlands. Dirt excavated during the construction of the ponds is being used to form the base for planned recreational space, but some material is being disposed of off-site.
Drainage structures and pipes are also being built and vegetation planted.
Baw Baw community assets director Phil Cantillon said the project is on track for completion in April.
“The works are progressing well and the project is actually running ahead of schedule at the moment due to the fair weather conditions,” he said in a media release.
“Approximately 4,000 cubic metres of a total 23,000 cubic metres in earthworks have already been carried out. Earthworks for the first pond are complete and work on the second pond is almost completed.
“The future recreational space is currently being filled and compacted with the excavated material as well.
“Wetlands offer better drainage management and water quality. When completed, the wetlands will provide Waterford Rise Estate residents and the general public with an open public space where they can enjoy the natural environment long into the future.”
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