Life's a beach as Hughenden recreational lake opens

A new recreational lake in Hughenden has officially opened, creating new opportunities for water sports, exercise and leisure activities.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack, who attended the official opening today, said the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government's more than $5 million 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.”

Minister for Drought David Littleproud said the project would boost tourism while improving quality of life for local residents.

“This brings new life to Hughenden energising a community going through drought,” Minister Littleproud said.

“It will also attract more visitors to town, helping to stimulate the local economy and create jobs.”

Townsville-based Senator Susan McDonald said the lake was the biggest improvement in recreational amenities Hughenden had ever seen.

“This is a fantastic recreational space, boasting new parklands, walking and bike trails, barbecues and picnic sites, that will get people fit and active through activities such as rowing, water skiing and fishing,” Senator McDonald said.

“The lake will enhance the local landscape, featuring preserved natural and historical attractions while offering a pleasant and safe space for community members to relax.”

Mayor of Flinders Shire Council 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.”

The BBRF supports the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government's commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

The Australian Government provided a further $900,000 through the Drought Communities Program—Extension and the remaining $6,267,032 was contributed by the Flinders Shire Council.