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Lilydael Lake Wetlands

Works to resume on Lillydale Lake Wetlands upgrade

Lillydale Wetlands

Melbourne Water is preparing to resume important works on the upgrade of Lillydale Lake Wetlands.

The first stage of the redevelopment - on hold during the winter months - is scheduled to recommence next week.

This will involve draining the wetland and earthworks to reshape its base to support the growth of aquatic plants and biodiversity at the site. This should be finished by mid next year.

Melbourne Water’s Project Manager Alex Chesterfield said stage two will focus on revegetating the wetland area with about 50,000 plants.

This will improve the condition of the ageing wetland asset and its stormwater and result in better water quality entering the lake which eventually, flows into the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay.

“Protecting the environment has been a focus throughout the works. We have safely relocated over 2300 native fish, eels, frogs - and even a baby turtle - into the nearby lake.”

“We’re actively working with the community and Yarra Ranges Council to minimise any impact on both the community and the environment while the upgrade is taking place,” Mr Chesterfield said.

Yarra Ranges Council Director Environment & Infrastructure, Mark Varmalis, thanked the community for their patience while the upgrades take place.

“Lillydale Lake is a popular spot for the local community and visitors alike and especially now we’re allowed to move about more freely.

“These wetland upgrades are going to offer great benefits to the community and local environment.

“We’ll work with Melbourne Water to update the community as works progress,” Mr Varmalis said.

The lake, which celebrated its 30th birthday in July, provides flood water protection in the town of Lilydale and gives the community quality open space.

Visit the Lillydale Lake Wetlands page on our website for more information about the project.

Media contact: Bradley Green – 0429 407 152