Conservationists seek nature reserve tag for Black Swan Lake

July 8, 2015 by  

Recently saved from a threat of being lost forever, a lake in Bundall near Southport, Queensland, is now the subject of a proposal to make it a local attraction.

Conservationists and residents formed an alliance early this year to successfully save Black Swan Lake from being filled in by Gold Coast City Council.

Flyer printing and media reports ensured the community was well represented at a council meeting at which the fate of Swan Lake was determined. Those present safeguarded its future, winning over the alternative proposal to make it a car park.

The next step to ensure its longevity for future generations, according to Sally Spain, Gold Coast head of Wildlife Queensland, was to declare it a nature reserve.

She said it was not the first time such action had been taken, explaining that a similar situation had occurred in the late 1960s when the last stand of the Gold Coast’s wallum country had been set aside and effectively saved from being converted into tract housing.

Spain said that, as a result, residents were today able to step back in history at a location close to their homes where paperbarks, banksia, heath and bloodwoods flourished.

Senior Councillor Lex Bell has been approached to help safeguard Bundall’s Black Swan Lake in a similar way to wallum country, by providing his assistance in having the feature declared a nature reserve.