Plan to address management of Lake Kawana
  • Thursday 25 September 2008

The draft Lake Kawana Management Plan, a document aimed at guiding the management of the lake once it is transferred from the developer to council, was recommended for endorsement at today’s Sunshine Coast Council Strategy and Planning Committee meeting.

The management plan, which among other things establishes the activities and uses that can be conducted on and within the lake, will be considered for approval by the whole council at next week’s Ordinary Meeting.

Regional Director of Regional Strategy and Planning, Warren Bunker, said the management plan, once endorsed by council, would be submitted to the Department of Natural Resources for approval.

“The main focus of the management plan is to allow council to determine the types of activities and uses for which it sees the lake being used into the future,” Mr Bunker said.

“In addition to the management of activities on the lake, the plan is equipped with a maintenance manual which specifies the procedures, parts and warranties, for the maintenance and replacement of the major mechanical infrastructure related to the lake and establishes the standards for ongoing water quality monitoring.

“This manual details the maintenance objectives for the lake itself, including rubbish removal and the infrastructure associated with the lake such as the weir.”

Division One Councillor Anna Grosskreutz said the original master plan approval specifies a range of conditions that the developer must meet before Council takes over the responsibility of the lake.

“One of the most important conditions is that Council will not take on the responsibility until the results of the water quality monitoring program indicate that the water quality has met the Australian Standards for primary contact for a period of 20 months over a continuous 24 month period after the final stage of the lake system is completed,’’ Cr Grosskreutz said.

“This condition, along with a range of others, and the work we are currently doing on understanding and preparing for the long-term costs of maintaining the lake will ensure it remains a valuable recreation area for our community.”

The management plan received nine submissions from the public when it was put on display for comment from 30 June to 4 August 2008. The submissions which address the plan were considered in the report to the committee and where justified, included in the management plan for council’s adoption.

The Ordinary meeting will be held at Council’s Tewantin Office on Thursday 2 October.