Shoalhaven City Council will commence preparing the pilot channel for the manual opening of Lake Conjola over the next two days Wednesday, 19 December and Thursday, 20 December in preparation for the lake opening.
It is expected that the lake opening will occur on Friday, 21 December at the ebb tide. The opening will be located on the northern side of the spit due to the presence of Shorebirds in the area.
Shane Pickering Acting Environmental Service Manager said "Council has been working with the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to find solutions to the current situation at the lake and has been monitoring the lake levels for some time”
“It has been deemed that whilst the lake is not at optimum levels for an opening it is deemed that the current level will still allow for an opening to occur.”
“Optimum scour may not occur and if extensive rainfall does not follow, the lake may only be open for a short period of time (weeks/month).”
“We request that residents and visitors stay clear of the works to open the lake, for their safety and for the safety of shorebirds that are also within this vicinity whilst Council staff undertake works."