New lake for Challenger students in Murdoch

July 12, 2010

Challenger Institute of Technology’s environmental students are set to benefit from the establishment of a new lake at their Murdoch campus, built as part of the Fiona Stanley Hospital project.

As part of the project’s commitment to supporting the environment and working closely with neighbours of the site, the new lake has been constructed at Challenger Institute of Technology to replace the existing lake now on the hospital grounds.

The new lake has taken four months to build and it will be used to irrigate the grounds of the Challenger site, including its nursery. It is conveniently located next to the land owned by Challenger Institute of Technology and will be formally handed over by the Fiona Stanley Hospital project over the next few weeks.

The new lake will provide an assured water supply for the plants and other work done by Challenger Institute of Technology students, and will also dissipate the iron in the bore water.

"The relocation of this lake highlights the impressive resolve of Challenger Institute and its partners in the Fiona Stanley Hospital Project to preserve a small environmental treasure. The hard work of our horticulture students and staff will help create a wonderful ambience at our Murdoch campus," said Challenger Institute managing director Liz Harris.

Students of Challenger Institute of Technology have taken a large number of reeds and other plant life from the existing lake on the Fiona Stanley Hospital site to replant in the new lake. Frogs, ducks and other animals from the lake will also be relocated over the new few weeks.

Geoff Zimmer, Director of Project Delivery at Fiona Stanley Hospital said, "Since the start of the project, working in partnership with our neighbours in Murdoch has been paramount to the Fiona Stanley Hospital project. This new lake will replace the existing lake which is now in the hospital grounds and has been designed and built specifically to meet the needs of Challenger Institute of Technology and the important work they do."

The existing lake will remain an important part of the hospital grounds, providing an area for relaxation and rehabilitation and contributing to the management of the hospital by reducing the iron in the water used for irrigation on the site. The existing lake will be emptied over the next few months, relined and filled in late 2013.