Hughenden’s new $11 million 22ha recreational lake has officially opened, offering economic opportunities as well as recreational activities for the community.
Flinders Shire Mayor Jane McNamara said the new lake was the culmination of long-term council planning, made possible by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) along with the council contribution of more than $6.2 million.
“The idea for the recreational lake came about in 2011 but was slow to germinate as both the previous and current council worked on conceptual plans and funding applications,” Cr McNamara said.
“This project has been community driven and they are very pleased the project is complete so we can all start to enjoy the benefits of having a water facility close to town.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack, who attended the official opening, said a $5 million-plus federal investment had delivered an important community facility for Hughenden.
“Supporting 15 local jobs during construction and creating another three ongoing jobs, the project is delivering economic and social benefits to the local community while also supporting healthy lifestyles,” Mr McCormack said.
“Investing in the recreational lake will attract and retain employees in the remote community, serving alongside the nearby, newly developed Recreational Vehicle Camping area at the Hughenden Showgrounds.”
The Australian Government provided $900,000 through the Drought Communities Program – Extension in addition to support under the Building Better Regions Fund.