This week, Livingstone Shire Council released the results of a community survey about the proposed dredging and development of Causeway Lake. The results indicate that the lake’s recreational users are generally supportive of the revitalisation of the lake, but not everyone thinks it is a good idea.
Capricorn Conservation Council recently reviewed the Causeway Lake Dredging – Engineering Feasibility Evaluation Report and alarm bells rang. There are significant environmental impacts associated with the proposed dredging and foreshore improvements which the community weren’t aware of when asked to complete the survey.
Katlin Tilly, the Coordinator of Capricorn Conservation Council, is very concerned about the reliability of the survey results, regarding this development, given the community was not provided with the relevant information that was outlined in the dredging feasibility report.
“Council has effectively offered the community a sugar-coated candy without letting them know that the inside is toxic”, said Katlin.
“The area to be disturbed is within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and the Yeppoon-Keppel Sands Tidal Nationally Important Wetland, therefore it must be given the highest level of environmental protection.”
“There are a number of serious environmental concerns that we have raised with Council, the most significant are the impacts to threatened species, loss of water quality through turbid plumes, acid sulphate soils and other contaminants. As well as that, there is the potential for loss of seagrass habitat which is a valuable fish nursery and may result in reduced fish stocks in the lake.”
“Causeway Lake presents an environmentally diverse natural area which is enjoyed by many locals and visitors. We believe it is important that the local community be made aware of the details of this development so that Council can receive informed views.”
“We call on Council to ensure that the local community understands the full financial and environmental costs of this proposal before spending more of our rate dollars on creating unnecessary impacts to the lake and adjacent Great Barrier Reef Marine Park”, Ms Tilly concluded.