Advisory Committee for Lake Moondarra Endorsed

Published: 16th February 2022

Council has endorsed the appointment of a 16-member advisory committee to contribute advice and provide feedback to Council on the R48 Reserve, with the goal of improving tourism and recreation opportunities at Lake Moondarra.

At Wednesday’s Ordinary Meeting, Council agreed to the appointment of 16 Mount Isa residents to establish the Lake Moondarra Advisory Committee.

The committee comprises representatives from the community, government and business.

Council called for expressions of interest in January, and members were selected based on the information supplied in their expression of interest application, which included relevant experiences and affiliations with various Lake Moondarra activities.

The advisory committee will also assist Council by providing guidance on infrastructure, sustainability, technical and other relevant issues related to water and recreation activities at the R48 Reserve, which includes Lake Moondarra.

The committee’s role will include:

  • Assessing and comparing design and sustainability aspects of existing facilities in similar regional areas in Australia;
  • The facilitation of partnerships, community- and user-participation programs;
  • Assisting the project in achieving its outcomes, including attracting Government and commercial funding;
  • Resolving issues and risks for Council, the general community and visiting public; and
  • Providing support to specific project working groups established by Council from time to time.

Mayor Danielle Slade said it was wonderful to see so much interest shown from the community to be a part of the advisory committee, which showed just how important the facility is to residents.

“Lake Moondarra has always been more to locals than just a tourism attraction, but it’s time we unlocked its true potential, so to have this advisory committee soon applying their decades of local experience and knowledge to help boost the recreation and tourism potential at the lake is very welcome,” Cr Slade said.

“Keeping in mind that the Mount Isa Water Board is the trustee for the R48 Reserve and Lake Moondarra, and as such has a different role to that of Council.”