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The Robina Lakes were constructed between the years of 1983 and 1991 and comprise three lakes which include South Lake, West Lake and Clear Island Waters. South Lake, which is the oldest, has a total area of 65 hectares. West Lake comprises a total area of 20 hectares.

The lakes system is bounded by Markeri Street to the north, Bermuda Street to the east, Cottesloe Drive to the south and Robina Parkway to the west. The lakes are located within the suburb of Robina which is a high density urban area.

History of Robina Lakes

Construction of Robina Lakes commenced in the early 1980s and was completed in January 1991. It was the largest dredging and earthmoving project ever undertaken on the Gold Coast at a cost of $24 million. The lake was originally owned by the Robina Land Corporation until it was handed over to the Albert Shire Council (now City of Gold Coast) as a major public amenity.

The lake has a shoreline of 20 kilometres and a water depth ranging from three metres to 10 metres. Approximately six million cubic metres of soil was excavated to create the lake and utilised as fill for residential areas and roads surrounding the lake.

The artificial lake system was built to act as a retention basin designed to receive flood waters and stormwater runoff from Mudgeeraba and Worongary Creek catchments. Two concrete weir structures and a navigation lock at Boobegan separate the lakes from the tidal waters of Little Tallebudgera Creek and Boobegan Creek. These structures were constructed to regulate floodwaters into the central Gold Coast canal in response to events experienced during the 1974 floods. Floodwaters from the upstream catchments are stored in the lakes and subsequently released across the weirs, which have a dual role of controlling outflow rates as well as preventing tidal intrusion.

The lakes were constructed with the intention of becoming freshwater, providing habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Over 50 types of bird species and a diversity of vegetation inhabit the lakes and surrounds.

January 1991, Robina Review, Edition 17, page 7. Published by the Robina Land Corporation, Robina.
WBM 2009, Robina Lakes Management Plan, prepared for the Gold Coast City Council, Gold Coast, Queensland.

Pest plants and animals in Robina Lakes

Robina Lakes is historically known as a hotspot where free-floating native and invasive aquatic plants congregate, creating a mat-like appearance that some residents find visually unpleasant. Common pest aquatic plant species found in Robina Lakes include:

Currently, a number of pest aquatic fish species have been found in Robina Lakes. Unfortunately, pest fish species are introduced into the waterway through accidental and intentional release into the lakes system. For further information visit:

Native plants and animals in Robina Lakes

Robina Lakes is a freshwater aquatic ecosystem that has been artificially created during the establishment of residential development in Robina. The waterbodies provide a variety of freshwater habitats, ranging from shallow, vegetated and bare margins to deeper, generally unvegetated areas. Whilst the lakes provide a limited range of avian habitats for bird species, a list of 56 bird species has been recorded by the community.

Native aquatic vegetation is an important component of freshwater ecosystems such as that of Robina Lakes. Aquatic vegetation provides habitat and food for a wide variety of native fish, turtles, birds and other wildlife. Plant growth also allows removal of excessive nutrients washed into the lakes, not just through the growth of the plants themselves but as a result of the habitat they provide for algae, epiphytes and biofilms (colonies of microorganisms that adhere to plants and other surfaces), which filter out and consume nutrients in the water column.

Common native aquatic plant and animal species found in Robina Lakes include:

Water quality monitoring and management

The City conducts a number of water quality monitoring and management activities within Robina Lakes. For more information visit the following pages:

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