Living on Lakesides

Lakes are one of the greatest assets of the Fraser Coast. They provide tranquil surrounds and add to our enjoyment and lifestyle. They are also home to many species of fauna and flora that depend on healthy ecosystems. Due to environmental and seasonal changes, and pollution, the appearance and condition of lakes, including plant growth in and around the water, can change. Aquatic plants can often be mistaken for weeds; however, they are the foundation of healthy, flourishing lake systems.

While open, clear waterways can look quite appealing, aquatic plants perform a very important function by helping to clean the water. They do this by filtering and removing excess nutrients that could otherwise stimulate an algal bloom. Lakes also provide important habitat for a variety of wildlife, such as insects, snails, crabs, prawns and frogs. Many bird species, such as Cormorants, Herons and Black Swans rely on these areas for food, shelter and to nest. A healthy lake system is also essential for many fish species and sustains a diverse variety of insects, grazing snails, crabs, prawns and amphibians. Reeds and other aquatic vegetation provide vital habitat for turtles, lizards and eels.

Most urban lakes within the Fraser Coast have been developed as stormwater retention basins and have become enjoyable open spaces which are great for recreation and observing nature. Paddling or sailing on lakes is not encouraged, due to the possible presence of pollutants or bacteria, and fishing is restricted to a small number of approved lakes.

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

Further information can be found in Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Urban Lakes brochure.

Urban Lakes Brochure

Council has developed a policy for the management of urban lakeside vegetation with the Fraser Coast.