Plan for Kawana lake management to come under financial review
  • Tuesday 17 June 2008

The long-term plan to manage the water quality, maintenance and permitted usage of the Lake Kawana is expected to go out on public display in late June or early July after being endorsed for community consultation by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council Strategy and Planning Committee last week.

The committee has also recommended further investigation into the long-term costs of keeping the lake maintained at its current standard after concerns were raised about the impacts of such costs on future Council budgets.

Division 1 Councillor, Anna Grosskreutz, said the Management Plan will be used to guide the management of the lake once trusteeship of the facility is transferred from the developer to Council, as the lake is progressively constructed over the next few years.

“A management plan is an important part of the trusteeship handover to Council of any significant piece of infrastructure. However, as in all cases when this happens, Council is keen to fully understand the cost implications before it takes on these maintenance costs,” Cr Grosskreutz said.

“We need to investigate not only how much it will cost to maintain the lake but our options for doing so. A total asset management plan for the life of the Lake’s infrastructure and the cost of maintenance over that life is imperative for this Council to understand and consider.

“The lake is already a very well used and popular body of water for a range of water sports including rowing and kayaking – Council would obviously like it to ensure that it stays that way well into the future.”

The Lake Management Plan is required, under the Land Act, to be made available for public viewing and submissions after it is endorsed by Council.

The Plan will now be forwarded to the Ordinary Meeting of Council on Thursday 19 June for approval. It will also contain a recommendation for a further report to Council, to be considered as part of its 2009/10 budget deliberations, outlining the estimated ongoing maintenance costs of the lake and possible funding opportunities.