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Pack your swag and snag a barra! The upgrade of recreational facilities designed to activate Lake Proserpine are underway with the free 72-hour lakeside camping facility being available from Friday afternoon.
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said he was very proud that Council had worked hard to negotiate a lease with SunWater and was now delivering the exciting Lake Proserpine Barramundi Fishing and Recreational project.
“The lake has untapped potential to be an international drawcard for anglers looking for the ultimate fishing experience and offers the best chances of landing metre plus size barra anywhere in Australia.
“Fishing is the largest driver of domestic leisure tourism nationally and we aim to cement Lake Proserpine’s reputation as the Heart of Barra Fishing,” Mayor Willcox said.
“This project will help the Whitsunday region capture a greater share of this market, with Stage 1 including a pontoon, new carparks, toilets and showers, a washdown facility and free camping.
“Our ultimate aim is to make Lake Proserpine a tourism hotspot and fishing mecca nationally and internationally.”
Deputy Mayor John Collins said Council had developed a clear vision for establishing and improving recreational and tourist facilities at Lake Proserpine and had proactively leveraged external funding opportunities.
“The Lake Proserpine Master Plan is an exciting step toward making Proserpine an even stronger regional town within the Whitsunday region.
“The free camping at Lake Proserpine opens just in time for the long weekend.
“This is just the boost Proserpine needs as this investment in infrastructure means more jobs for our community.”
The extra toilet block and shower camping amenities are currently under construction so RV’s and campers utilising the area will need to be self-sufficient or alternatively, the existing amenities to the north of the camping area can be utilised.
Works on access upgrades and the construction of three pontoons are also on track for completion before Christmas.
Other works underway include resurfacing of carpark areas and line-marking, new BBQ areas, extra bins and concrete slabs are soon to be replaced in the recreation area.
Further site developments to enhance the area will continue in early 2020 including the addition of wash down bays for vehicles to mitigate the risks of spreading mimosa pigra.