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Advisory Committee Wanted For Queensland’s Lake Moondarra Tourism Opportunities

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Australia’s Mount Isa City Council is seeking locals who want to be part of the newly formed Lake Moondarra Advisory Committee, a report said.

At the council’s meeting held on October 20,  they also decided to adopt the Assessment of Commercial Tourism Opportunities at Lake Moondarra report, which the advisory committee is also expected to amend.

Council has announced that the updated report—initially supported in 2016 by The Mount Isa Townsville Economic Zone (MITEZ)—will assist in determining new uses and tourism opportunities for Lake Moondarra. This is to add value to the local economy and increase the number of visitors.

A site evaluation found that the recreational area was able to sustain commercial development with the potential of doubling the number of visitors within 12 months after implementing business initiatives like bird-watching tourism, bushwalking, and recreational fishing initiatives.

The Mount Isa tourism strategy was released in 2020 to improve the Lake, under it lies a proposed eco-friendly glamping site at the old Lions Camp.

The advisory committee members will offer advice and suggestions to the Council to get government funding to advance projects.

“Lake Moondarra is the tourism and recreation jewel of the Mount Isa area, and it would be wonderful to see that side of it built on and enhanced even more,” Mayor Danielle Slade said.

“It’s important to keep in mind that the Mount Isa Water Board is the trustee for Lake Moondarra and as such has a different role to that of Council.

“We envision that the Board will have the opportunity to provide feedback on potential projects and will need to consider the impact of any potential projects.”

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