Significant works and legislation changes are required to ensure the lake remains sustainable in the future.

Overview

Lake Albert is one of Wagga's most popular recreational facilities. It caters for boating, fishing, swimming and other aquatic activities.

For at least three generations, the water in Lake Albert has suffered recurring periods of low levels which are devastating to the community. Council is looking to improve the amenity of Lake Albert and surrounding areas to provide a regional recreational and tourism destination.

Significant works and legislation changes are required to ensure the lake remains sustainable in the future and to address the current negative health, aesthetic and event impacts that low water levels and algae blooms are having.

We request

Both State and Federal Governments provide significant funding for this asset.

The State Government supports Council’s preferred water diversion option, whereby Council continues to discharge the 5,400ML it owns to the river and is authorised by a specific purpose access licence to draw the equivalent of that water from the river to maintain the level of Lake Albert.

Strategic alignment

Community Strategic Plan: Safety and Health

Total Cost

$8 million

Funding required

$4 million State Open
$4 million Federal Open

Key stakeholders

  • Deputy Prime Minister (Member for Riverina)
  • NSW Minister for Water, Property and Housing
  • NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
  • Member for Wagga Wagga