Lakes provide important habitat for a variety of wildlife. Many bird and fish species rely on this habitat for food, shelter and breeding.
Healthy lakes also sustain a large variety of insect species, snails, crabs, prawns and amphibians.
Reeds and other aquatic vegetation provide vital habitat for turtles, lizards and eels.
Lakeside vegetation creates a buffer to help erosion by reducing the impact of stormwater runoff, waves and currents.
Residents who live lakeside can help to keep the waterways healthy and productive for these animals and vegetation.
To help reduce stormwater pollution and protect our waterways, residents can:
- Pick up animal droppings and place in a bin or compost
- Preserve aquatic plants near your property
- Plant native trees and shrubs along the shoreline
- Dispose of rubbish so it does not blow into the lake
- Compost lawn clippings and garden waste
- Dispose of fish tank contents on your lawn or garden – not in the lake
- Dispose of cigarette butts responsibly
- Wash your car and other equipment on the lawn
- Avoid over-watering and use fertilisers in moderation
- Install silt fencing along the shoreline
- Keep building materials covered when building or renovating
- Report pollution to Council on 1300 79 49 29 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, download the Living Lakeside on the Fraser Coast brochure (PDF,456kB)
Management of urban lakeside vegetation
Council has developed a policy for the management of urban lakeside vegetation with the Fraser Coast.