By YVONNE McLEAN
AFTER two years of investigation, reports and public consultations, work to upgrade the existing Tallebudgera Creek Dam to required Department of Natural Resources standards, will soon begin.
The tender for the work has been awarded to Geotech Pty Ltd.
The cost is estimated at slightly more than $2 million.
A very strong move to repair and preserve the dam as an environmentally significant lake was promoted by the late Cr Sue Robbins.
At the time, the government had informed council the lake had to be upgraded to comply with safety standards. It was a case of remove it or fix it.
A decision was made last year to fix it. But how?
Cr Christine Robbins, who has supported her late sister-in-law's wish to see the dam preserved, said the commitment to upgrade the dam, to make it safe after long deliberations, was good news.
"The dam which was constructed years ago as a water source for the area has a very complex background in that the land and virtually the lake itself is owned by surrounding property owners," she said.
"But I believe council enjoys very good relations with the property owners. Our officers report that the owners affected by the proposed dam works have indicated a willingness to enter into agreements with council to enable access to areas of the work.
"The officers report indicates the compulsory acquisition of any land is not assumed to be necessary," Cr Robbins said.
The dam will not be open to public access, although the road runs along one side of it to a public park on the creek bank.
Cr Robbins said the lake would remain as an important nesting place for water birds and, with the nearby Little Nerang Dam, would be a source of water for the rural fire brigade and air services in bushfire control.
She said upgrade works were expected to begin in the very near future and be completed before the first (hopefully) summer wet season.