Peter Faust Dam to become tourist attraction
A NEW campsite and recreation facilities for fishing and boating are among developments due to begin at Proserpine's Peter Faust Dam this year.
After years of back-and- forth discussion between State Government-owned corporation SunWater and Whitsunday Regional Council regarding the upkeep of environment and amenities, both entities are now working together to deliver a solution.
Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham said the move would allow the council to progress its vision for the facility, which includes camping areas and lakeside recreation facilities for fishing and boating.
"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,” Dr Lynham 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.
"The draft plans for Peter Faust Dam are stunning and we can't wait to see Proserpine residents enjoying the new amenities on offer.”
Several factors contributed to the lack of previous development at the dam site, such as an infestation of the "bashful plant”, Mimosa pigra, which chokes waterways and restricts access in areas of surveillance.
An eradication program for the invasive plant has been implemented at Peter Faust Dam since its discovery in 2001.
But despite the obstacles, Whitsunday Regional Council mayor Andrew Willcox said Lake Proserpine had 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 be a nice spot to visit for a barbecue will add significant value to the Whitsunday region,” Cr Willcox said.
"Already a popular fishing spot, Lake Proserpine now has the opportunity to build and promote fishing-related tourism experiences, 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.”
Development is expected to begin at Peter Faust Dam later this year, with the anticipated completion set for 2019.