All good to glow: work to start on Lights for Lake project

Published: 14 Feb 2017 9:12am

Strolling around Lake Albert at dusk or early morning will soon be safer and easier.

Work on Wagga Wagga’s Lights for Lake project will start on Monday 27 February and is expected to be complete by the end of March.

A total of 104 poles, fitted with solar lights, will be installed around the popular 5.5kilometre walking track. Each pole has been sponsored by community members or groups – which has helped fund the project.

Lights for Lake is being delivered by Committee 4 Wagga, with assistance provided by the City of Wagga Wagga.

Committee 4 Wagga Chair Judy Galloway said it was great to see the project progressing.

“We’re excited about the reality of the project, the impending installation and the benefits the lights will bring to our community through lifestyle and health opportunities,” she said.

The works will be completed in stages, with some track closures and detours required.

“If you are venturing out to walk the lake during the construction period, please be mindful that you may be required to detour off the track on to grass, some sections may even be closed entirely,” City of Wagga Wagga General Manager Alan Eldridge said.

“These closures or detours are important for the safety of recreational users of the lake and for the workers carrying out the project.

“There will be plenty of signage and temporary fencing around the lake during construction and temporary blackboards in key, visible areas will be set up to display daily messages on what sections of the track are impacted.”

The new lights will light up the lake at dusk and early morning and are fitted with motion sensors.

No trees will be removed for the project, however, some pruning will be undertaken during the cooler months.

Lights for Lake has been funded through community donations totalling $230,000, Committee 4 Wagga in-kind donations of $100,000, City of Wagga Wagga contributions totalling $75,000 and $25,000 in in-kind project support and NSW Government funding of $40,000.

Media Opportunity

What: Lights for the Lake project start date announcement
Who: Committee 4 Wagga Chair Judy Galloway, City of Wagga Wagga General Manager Alan Eldridge and Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM
When: Monday, 13 February at 1.30pm
Where: Apex Park, Lake Albert