Opening Narrabeen Lagoon: keeping the community safer for over 100 years
The Council announced on Friday October 9 they were getting works done to open the entrance of Narrabeen to let the water flow as there is rain forecast for every day this coming week. These works are undertaken to protect residents and their properties.
One of the great photographers who shares images for you to see, Kevin Murray, has sent in photos of what they were doing on Friday which are very interesting.
The dredging of Narrabeen Lagoon and the creeks that flow into it, commenced soon after Warringah Shire Council was formed in 1906 - with some of the creeks flowing in also being cleared so people could go boating in these - the larger ones at least:
DREDGING NARRABEEN LAKES.
Alderman F W. Heaton has forwarded to the Warringah shire a communication regarding the Narrabeen Lakes. He said he had had an interview with the Minister for Works in reference to the clearing out of the mass in the creeks surrounding the lakes. The Minister said that if the Warringah Shire Council would submit to him an estimate of the cost, he would favorably consider the matter. The writer estimated the cost would be £50, and if the sum were spent the creeks would be made suitable for boating parties. Quite recently a boat full of ladies and children encountered a snag, and sustained such injuries that the gentlemen of the party had much difficulty In getting the occupants ashore before the boat became full of water. The council decided to submit to the Minister a proposal for clearing the lakes and creeks. DREDGING NARRABEEN LAKES. (1913, January 2). Evening News (Sydney, NSW : 1869 - 1931), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113780618
By December 1914 the Warringah Shire Council were discussing taking out a £10, 000 loan for:
WARRINGAH SHIRE PROPOSED LOAN OF £10,000.
At a meeting of the Warringah Shire Council the president (Councillor Quirk) suggested that the council should secure a loan of £10,000 for the purpose of draining certain low-lying land, providing a suction dredge for Narrabeen Lakes, and repairing and maintaining main roads. A special meeting will be called to further consider the proposal. WARRINGAH SHIRE. (1914, December 15). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 10. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15555186
Prior to that it was closed - as shown in these old photos from around 1900 and an even earlier drawing by Conrad Martens:
Narrabeen Looking West - From Scenes of Narrabeen album, ca. 1900-1927- Sydney & Ashfield : Broadhurst Post Card, courtesy State Library of NSW. Images No: a106056h (above) and a105060h Courtesy The Mitchell Library, State Library of Australia
Kevin Murray's photos of the machines at work: