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Patterson Lakes Waterways

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 2020/21Please note the scheduled dates provided are an estimate only, dates may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.

Melbourne Water Working for Victoria staff (eight-person crew) will commence the following additional tasks over 27, 28 and 29 January:

  • Manual weeding and raking of beach areas
  • Manual litter collection 
  • Removal of excess sand from spoon drains 

With all rubbish, debris and weeds removed from the following sites:


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.

It is requested residents please ensure all personal equipment such as trampolines, outdoor furniture, boats and canoes are removed from the beach areas in order for the contractor to undertake services. The contractor is not required to move personal equipment and has been instructed to go around them where reasonably practical. This will result in these areas being missed.

Your cooperation would be greatly appreciated.

Beach maintenance schedule update


Residents of the Tidal Waterways please be advised of the following service method changes to assist with weed maintenance of the beach areas. Services will be delivered by Melbourne Water Contractors as per Councils instruction.


  • A 3ton Pozi Track Loader using a harley rake attachment will be used to substitute the beach planing with the small tractor to assist with further weed control. A followup application will be undertaken as of the 29th - 31st December 2020 and will resume on the 4th January 2021 until all accessible areas are completed.
  •  Beach areas where the above method can not be used due to restricted access for the barge to unload equipment safely and jetty landings along the sand that hinder access to other parts of the beach will not be completed. Council is investigating another alternative to the treatment of these areas we will keep you updated of these changes via this web page. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time and will try to minimise impacts and disruptions to residents where possible.



Weed Maintenance Services

In support of Council’s Resolution to cease the use of glyphosate herbicides Council is working with other industry partners to consider 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.

Under the direction of Council, Melbourne Water contractors are undertaking weed steaming as an alternative treatment for the Quiet Lakes with a mechanical approach being undertaken for the Tidal Waterways as weed steaming for the are has proven unsuccessful.

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