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Whitsunday Regional Council (WRC) plans to deliver an exciting array of new recreation facilities at Peter Faust Dam as part of the draft Lake Proserpine Master Plan after SunWater handed over management of the area.
The move will allow WRC to progress with their vision for the facility, which includes camping areas and lakeside recreation facilities for fishing and boating.
Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham – a chief shareholding Minister of SunWater - said construction was expected to begin in late 2018 and finish in 2019.
“Peter Faust Dam is surrounded by a beautiful natural environment and we’re excited to provide an opportunity for Whitsunday Regional Council to maximise its use for community benefit,” he said.
“While SunWater’s core business is water delivery and infrastructure management, we understand the important role dams often play as recreation hubs for their local communities. As a result, we’re constantly looking for opportunities to work with local Councils regarding ways we can maximise use of these assets.
“The draft plans for Peter Faust Dam are stunning and we can’t wait to see Proserpine residents enjoying the new amenities on offer.”
Mayor Andrew Willcox said that Lake Proserpine, one of the area’s most iconic natural assets, has long been identified as a key area to develop recreational and tourism opportunities.
“Lake Proserpine is largely untapped and developing it into a recreation hub that can cater for camping, boating, fishing or just a nice spot to visit for a BBQ will add significant value to the Whitsunday region,” Mayor Willcox said.
“Already a popular fishing spot, Lake Proserpine now has the opportunity to build and promote fishing related tourism experiences as yet another avenue to showcase our world-class beauty and natural environments.”
“We are extremely grateful to be working collaboratively with Sunwater on this exciting project for Proserpine and the Whitsunday region.”
The Lake Proserpine Master Plan is currently in draft format will be presented at a Whitsunday Regional Council meeting in the near future.