The highly contentious Black Swan Lake is set to be filled in despite years of protesting.
The dispute started in 2015 when the Gold Coast City Council first began considerations of turning the lake into a carpark.
Police arrived at the lake this morning to keep protestors safe as trucks arrived.
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Wildlife Queensland Gold Coast Branch’s Sally Spain told MyGC the Council needs to consider leaving the lake as it is.
“They (the Council) need to represent the whole city and be very transparent about why they’re filling in the lake,” she said.
“It is an increasingly rare asset, that is a lake surrounded by sheltering bushland.”
Environmental groups say they’ll keep fighting the decision and are urging councillors to reconsider their decision and review this matter.
Without the lake there are concerns there will be nowhere on the Gold Coast for Black Swans to roost and that the Nerang River will be more susceptible to stormwater inflow.