Review aims to open up lakes

FOR many Noosa locals and holiday-makers, spending a day on one of the region’s sparkling lakes is a must-do and now the community can have their say on how the lakes are used.
An extensive review of leisure opportunities on and around south-east Queensland is currently underway and it is now time for the Noosa community to have their say on the future recreational uses of Lake Borumba and Lake Macdonald.
Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle recently released recreation review discussion papers on the two lakes and said he now wants to work with the community to encourage greater access and tourism opportunities for the region.
“This government recognises that locals should have a great say in the use of these lakes, while also helping to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy,” he said.
“Labor failed to make full use of the beautiful spaces during its time in office, but this government knows they are more than just bodies of water.”
The discussion papers cover the various activities currently available and provide an avenue for the community to formally submit any opportunities they see for recreation on and around the lakes.
Mr McArdle said the community will be able to get involved in the review by attending workshops, as well as accessing information on Seqwater’s website and participating in online surveys.
“The response to the release of discussion papers in other areas has been very positive. The community has demonstrated how much they value south-east Queensland’s natural recreation spaces,” he said.
The review would result in the development of recreation management plans for Borumba and Macdonald lakes, detailing allowable activities, available facilities, management rules and guidelines.
An information session for Lake Borumba and Lake Macdonald was held in Imbil and Cooroy on Saturday. A workshop will now follow, with the date and location to be announced soon.
Information for the recreation review of lakes Borumba and Macdonald, including online surveys, can be found at