A new wrack and algae harvesting ramp, and a hard stand collection area, will be installed, and the sewer pump station will be upgraded, at Woodland Park Reserve, Buff Point, at a cost of $827,000.
This will be the sixth wrack storage and transit site across the Central Coast, and will improve the efficiency of the program, which has seen the volume of seagrass wrack collected increase from 4,000sq m to 10,000sq m a year, since 2013.
Central Coast Council’s wrack collection program aims to reduce rotting weed which can produce an odour around the lakes foreshore.
There is no smell associated with the wrack drying process that will occur on site.
The new wrack collection infrastructure is a $310,000 investment, financed by $150,000 from the Federal Government’s Improving Your Local Parks and Environment fund, and $160,000 from Central Coast Council.
The new wrack collection point will include construction of a ramp, access road, hard stand area, fencing and screening.
Seagrass wrack from the lakes will be collected and transported to the ramp, removed from the water via the new ramp, and then to a drying pad before being removed from the site.
Collected wrack and algae is used on saltmarsh restoration projects or converted into a mulch product.
Frequency of collection will be every six to eight weeks on average, depending on seasonal variation in weed growth, environmental conditions, lake levels and prevailing wind conditions.
Other work at the reserve will include an additional $527,000 to upgrade the sewer pump station.
Council does not anticipate any interruptions to sewerage services during work.
Council Director, Water and Sewer, Bileen Nel, said this was one of several sewer pump station and sewage treatment plant projects being rolled out over the Central Coast.
“Over the next four years, we are investing $11m in a region-wide sewerage infrastructure upgrade program,” she said.
During the work, the playground will remain open and the zone will be surrounded by temporary fencing, as there will be limited access to the water during construction.
Four trees will need to be removed but eight new trees will be planted.
There will be a short detour on the shared pathway.
It is expected work will be completed by July, 2019.
Media release, Feb 28
Central Coast Council