Slow boats deliver outcomes to bank on at Currimundi
  • Wednesday 02 December 2009

Sunshine Coast Council is joining the Currimundi Catchment Care Group to launch a community awareness campaign aimed at preventing boat wash from eroding the banks of Currimundi Lake.

Council’s environment portfolio holder, Keryn Jones, said the group’s annual education program, “6 Knots – No Wash”, highlights the speed limit for boats in the lake and the adjoining creeks and canals.

Councilllor Jones will launch the week-long campaign at the boat ramp, Westaway Parade, Currimundi at 10am on Thursday 3 December.

“I’m really pleased that council is once again supporting this important environmental initiative and the excellent work done by the group,’’ she said.

“This program responds to concerns among local residents about speeding boats creating a wash that accelerates bank erosion in Currimundi Lake and creeks, harming the fragile environment and disturbing the habitats of fish and wildlife.”

Cr Jones said the members of the Catchment Care Group work very hard on a range of projects that benefit the community and the environment.

“Among other initiatives, they monitor the quality of the water in the Currimundi catchment at 20 sites, plant trees and shrubs, remove weeds, collect rubbish and lead walks or kayaking tours for the Wildflower Festival.

“Council will now work with them – and with the local community and visitors to the lake – to raise awareness in the messages of the 6 Knots – No Wash campaign.”