Partnering with the community to care for Lake Currimundi
  • Thursday 25 August 2011

Erosion, midges, water quality, lake closures - these are the issues that have worried those who love the very beautiful Currimundi Lake. 
 
Now Sunshine Coast Council is a significant step towards finding the solutions to ensure thousands of lake users can continue to enjoy it while council and the community work together to manage the environmental values that make it so popular.  

Council today endorsed the Lake Currimundi Dynamics Study – a comprehensive investigation into understanding and managing the dynamics of the lake and the various identified issues – along with the associated Action Plan.  The Lake and Estuary Risk and Operational Management Protocols was also adopted as an operational management framework.

A Reference Group comprised of residents from the Currimundi Lake catchment will also be established to meet with council twice a year to review the status of management programs and provide advice on progressing the recommendations of the study.

Division 3 Councillor Keryn Jones said council was committed to working with the community to understand, monitor and continue to adapt to the dynamics of Lake Currimundi. 

“The community of the Currimundi catchment had expressed concern over many years about a range of issues affecting the Lake Currimundi system,” she said.

“There has been considerable concern raised in particular regarding the need to manage the coastal lake, estuary and canal systems so that people can continue to enjoy this terrific asset while also protecting its environmental values."  
 
The Lake Currimundi Dynamics Study examined lake dynamics and provided an integrated overview by consolidating community concerns under the following five main issues:

  • Biting Midge Nuisance
  • Bank Erosion
  • Lake water quality
  • Tidal Hydrodynamics and Entrance Behaviour
  • Influence of Lake Kawana.

Cr Jones said the aim of this study was to provide a knowledge base to inform the management of the lake’s ecosystem health.

“The key objective of this study was to develop a broad understanding of the various ecosystem processes in Lake Currimundi and their inter-relationships, and to integrate this understanding into a management strategy which accounted for environmental, economic and social issues,” she said.

“One of the main findings of the study was that council’s existing Lake and Estuary Risk and Operational Management Protocols should continue to be used as the framework for integrated management.

“In general terms the study found that the Lake Currimundi System was in reasonable health given its place within an urban catchment environment and that council’s monitoring and management programs, in partnership with the community, should continue in an integrated manner.”