Clean and tidy: Werrington Lakes has added amenities and has been cleaned up. Christine McKinnon hopes the public will keep it that way. Picture: Christine McKinnon
WerrintonLakes has been givena facelift and soon the revamped recreation and relaxation space isreopened.
The community has been rallying around the precinct — including Christine McKinnon, who runs the Facebook page Friends of Werrington Lake which is dedicated to promoting the wildlife and amenities at the lakes and encouraging people to keep them in good order.
“I clean up the lake every time I walk around there. I go there every day,” Ms McKinnon said.
“One of the other guys I walk with does some regeneration for the bush and others pick up rubbish as well.”
The lakes are getting new council-provided benches along the shoreline as well as cleaned-up bushland, weeded waterways, barbecue and picnic facilities and seats near the playing fields.
Ms McKinnon has lived in Werrington since 1996 and believes the lakes are becoming more popular for families that increasingly populate the area.
“You don’t have to drive out of town — you can just walk down there and have a good day,” she said.
“There’s lots more families getting into it with young children down there.”
The Facebook page is full of pictures of the wildlife in the lakes such as ducks and geese that Ms McKinnon sees on her travels as well as other people using the pathways and picnic grounds.
People have commented on the page about the improvements.
Jess Whitewood said: “First time visiting the ducks today, lovely place and lovely people, definitely be back!”
Mark Speed found his dog at the lakes six years ago.
“This is her today her name is Lake,” he posted on the Facebook page. “The most loyal and loving dog ever.”
As the upgrades are finished and people begin to spend summer days at the park and walk along the paths enjoying the scenery, Ms McKinnon hopes people use the page to make each other accountable for keeping it tidy.
“I want people to join the page and help,” she said.
“I’m always meeting people down there and they can add things, too.”
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