Causeway Lake

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Causeway Lake is the only calm water recreation asset in the region and as such has long been important for sailing instruction, disabled boating, boat licensing and a host of water sports such as skiing, boating, kayaking, sailing and fishing. Use of Causeway Lake for most of these historic activities, with accompanying onshore recreation functions, has declined markedly in the last couple of decades in response to severe shallowing in the lake. Livingstone Shire Council is in the process of evaluating options for the restoration and development of Causeway Lake and the shoreline.

Stage 1 – Dredging

Council is investigating the feasibility of options to reactivate Causeway Lake to restore traditional recreational fishing and water sports activities. In its current condition such activities are severely restrained. It has long been mooted that the lake needs dredging along with improvements to shoreline infrastructure to support these activities and create a safe environment for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Through funding from the Queensland State Government, a third-party feasibility study to evaluate dredging options for the Causeway Lake has been undertaken. The State has determined that there is merit in restoring the lake and developing the shoreline with this most recent evaluation providing the clearest picture yet of what lake dredging will entail. The extent of the dredge, amount of materials, methodology, environmental impact and disposal options were all investigated.

It should be noted that the process of seeking approvals for dredging will take approximately two years, with a further year for the actual dredging. More importantly, funding for this work has not yet been identified and execution will only be possible with assistance from the State and/or Federal governments. As an estimate, it may be five years before any of this manifests in the form of new shoreline improvements.

Stage 2 – Restoration and development of Causeway Lake precinct

The next step is to determine what might be done to leverage off the dredging, i.e. what shoreline improvements could be undertaken to create a high quality drawcard for locals and visitors. Whatever emerges from the development design process will be reliant on State and Federal funding for a substantial component of costs.

In order to invest in a precinct that delivers benefits to the local community while creating economic and tourism opportunities, Council is undertaking stakeholder and community consultation to better understand historic, current and potential future uses of Causeway Lake.

HAVE YOUR SAY!

Livingstone Shire Council is seeking feedback from key stakeholders and the wider community around the future of the Causeway Lake precinct. The intent of initial consultation is to discern what community expectations and aspirations are regarding lake restoration, future use options and shoreline development.

Causeway Lake is the only calm water recreation asset in the region and as such has long been important for sailing instruction, disabled boating, boat licensing and a host of water sports such as skiing, boating, kayaking, sailing and fishing. Use of Causeway Lake for most of these historic activities, with accompanying onshore recreation functions, has declined markedly in the last couple of decades in response to severe shallowing in the lake. Livingstone Shire Council is in the process of evaluating options for the restoration and development of Causeway Lake and the shoreline.

Stage 1 – Dredging

Council is investigating the feasibility of options to reactivate Causeway Lake to restore traditional recreational fishing and water sports activities. In its current condition such activities are severely restrained. It has long been mooted that the lake needs dredging along with improvements to shoreline infrastructure to support these activities and create a safe environment for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Through funding from the Queensland State Government, a third-party feasibility study to evaluate dredging options for the Causeway Lake has been undertaken. The State has determined that there is merit in restoring the lake and developing the shoreline with this most recent evaluation providing the clearest picture yet of what lake dredging will entail. The extent of the dredge, amount of materials, methodology, environmental impact and disposal options were all investigated.

It should be noted that the process of seeking approvals for dredging will take approximately two years, with a further year for the actual dredging. More importantly, funding for this work has not yet been identified and execution will only be possible with assistance from the State and/or Federal governments. As an estimate, it may be five years before any of this manifests in the form of new shoreline improvements.

Stage 2 – Restoration and development of Causeway Lake precinct

The next step is to determine what might be done to leverage off the dredging, i.e. what shoreline improvements could be undertaken to create a high quality drawcard for locals and visitors. Whatever emerges from the development design process will be reliant on State and Federal funding for a substantial component of costs.

In order to invest in a precinct that delivers benefits to the local community while creating economic and tourism opportunities, Council is undertaking stakeholder and community consultation to better understand historic, current and potential future uses of Causeway Lake.

HAVE YOUR SAY!

Livingstone Shire Council is seeking feedback from key stakeholders and the wider community around the future of the Causeway Lake precinct. The intent of initial consultation is to discern what community expectations and aspirations are regarding lake restoration, future use options and shoreline development.

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