In an important step forward for the Causeway Lake Revitalisation Project, a study into the feasibility of dredging the popular lake has started, Livingstone Shire Council informs.
Council has engaged engineering consultant Bligh Tanner to assist Council with the engagement and management of a suitably qualified firm with previous dredging experience to undertake the study, which is expected to be completed by October 2021.
The $300,000 feasibility study for the Causeway Lake Revitalisation Project is funded by the Queensland Government’s ‘Building our Regions’ program.
Mayor Andy Ireland said that the study’s objectives are to determine the feasibility of dredging the Causeway Lake in a way that considers life-cycle cost-effectiveness, environmental factors, sustainability and mitigates risks.
“This evaluation is the next step for Council to determine the feasibility of dredging the Causeway Lake and inform any future applications for funding,” Mayor Ireland said.
“No construction works are involved as part of this project; this is only a preliminary planning assessment, and no decision has been made on whether or not it is viable to dredge the Causeway Lake.
“Revitalisation of the Causeway Lake Area to optimise recreational use opportunities on the lake and facilitate supportive development along the lake’s north and south shores has long been an interest of Council and the community.
“A number of studies and efforts over the years have consistently identified the lake’s shallowing since the construction of the causeway across the mouth of the basin in the 1930s, to be the primary limiting factor on the lake’s environmental and recreational functions.”
Council said that they will announce study results as soon they become available.