Causeway Lake restoration and shoreline development- Phase 2 Community Consultation

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Survey is now closed - thank you to everyone who has participated, Council will provide updates on this page as they become available. To keep up to date with projects discussed in Council meetings, view past agendas and meeting minutes here, or follow ourFacebook page for future live streams.

Following on from community consultation completed in February 2022, the draft masterplan for the Causeway Lake has now been finalised and Council is seeking further community feedback as part of Phase 2 Community Consultation.


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 was completed earlier this year. The State has previously determined that there is merit in restoring the lake and developing the shoreline.

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 – Pre-planning to inform restoration and development of Causeway Lake precinct

The most recent evaluation work at the lake addresses environmental conditions and how the shoreline might be redeveloped to leverage the benefits created by dredging. Council is undertaking a second phase of stakeholder and community consultation to determine how well the concept master plan aligns with the feedback provided by the first community survey in February 2022. That survey sought input regarding preferences for lake development; this second survey wants to see if the master plan delivers on the preferences provided.

Input from Phase 1 Community Engagement (completed in February 2022) has now informed the development of a preliminary Masterplan. Council is now seeking to gather feedback from the community on all elements of the preliminary Masterplan in order to land on a final Masterplan document and to progress the project through the State's Project Assessment Framework to secure the resources to implement the plan, along with dredging.

Survey is now closed - thank you to everyone who has participated, Council will provide updates on this page as they become available. To keep up to date with projects discussed in Council meetings, view past agendas and meeting minutes here, or follow ourFacebook page for future live streams.

Following on from community consultation completed in February 2022, the draft masterplan for the Causeway Lake has now been finalised and Council is seeking further community feedback as part of Phase 2 Community Consultation.


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 was completed earlier this year. The State has previously determined that there is merit in restoring the lake and developing the shoreline.

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 – Pre-planning to inform restoration and development of Causeway Lake precinct

The most recent evaluation work at the lake addresses environmental conditions and how the shoreline might be redeveloped to leverage the benefits created by dredging. Council is undertaking a second phase of stakeholder and community consultation to determine how well the concept master plan aligns with the feedback provided by the first community survey in February 2022. That survey sought input regarding preferences for lake development; this second survey wants to see if the master plan delivers on the preferences provided.

Input from Phase 1 Community Engagement (completed in February 2022) has now informed the development of a preliminary Masterplan. Council is now seeking to gather feedback from the community on all elements of the preliminary Masterplan in order to land on a final Masterplan document and to progress the project through the State's Project Assessment Framework to secure the resources to implement the plan, along with dredging.

Page last updated: 28 Nov 2022, 01:50 PM