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Patterson Lakes Waterways

Patterson Lakes is a suburb in the south of Kingston formed around a series of waterbodies known as the Tidal Waterways and Quiet Lakes.

Collectively the waterbodies are referred to as the Patterson Lakes Waterways and they play an important role in the regional drainage system and provide flood protection. The Tidal Waterways consist of a series of canals and harbours that are connected to the Patterson River and in turn to Port Phillip Bay.

The Quiet Lakes comprise three landlocked lakes being Lake Legana, Lake Illawong and Lake Carramar which are connected to each other and to the Patterson River and Kananook Creek via pumps and drains.

In total the Waterways provide around 23 kilometres of shoreline water frontage to more than 1,200 residential properties. The Waterways is highly valued by the local community and Council allocates Melbourne Water funding to provide beach maintenance services through a service agreement.

All Patterson Lakes beach maintenance works are delivered by Melbourne Water for Kingston City Council. The service detail and scheduled dates can be viewed in the Annual Beach Maintenance Program for 2019/20 .

Beach Maintenance Update 

Melbourne Water will be conducting steaming trials to the beach areas in support of Councils Resolution to cease the use of glyphosate herbicides. Council is working closely with Melbourne Water and other  industry partners to consider other possible alternative approaches to weed control and recognise that the immediate response may not be the most effective or appropriate in the long term.  However we will continue to work through the change in order to ensure the best outcome for the community.

Water Quality

At times, particularly in warm weather, aquatic growth can occur and be seen in the waterways. This usually occurs from October to January. These water plants are common and generally pose no risk to human, animal or environmental health, in fact they provide some environmental benefits toward improving water quality.  

Removing and disposing of these water plants is not included in the beach maintenance program. Residents who choose to rake up the algae/aquatic plants should dispose of it themselves or it should be left to breakdown and disappear naturally.

Any enquiries regarding water quality should be directed to Melbourne Water by phoning 131 722 or emailing