Mount Isa Water Board is proposing to adopting by-laws for the R48 Reserve, to ensure its continued use as a safe water source and an important recreational area for the community.
- The R48 Reserve, which includes Lake Moondarra, is a popular recreational area enjoyed by the Mount Isa community for water sport, fishing and leisure activities.
- Mount Isa Water Board (MIWB) acts as trustee for the reserve on behalf of the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of recreational activities within the reserve.
- The current rules for users of the R48 Reserve need to be legally ratified to ensure MIWB can continue to effectively manage the area in its capacity as trustee for the site.
- MIWB is proposing to adopt a standard set of by-laws set out in the Land Regulation 2009 which govern how a reserve can be used. This is to ensure recreational use of the area is effectively and sustainably managed and to ensure the area remains an important sanctuary for wildlife and a safe catchment for drinking water.
- Public consultation is a key component of the by-law legal adoption process.
- MIWB is seeking genuine input from interested parties during the public engagement period. We encourage the Mount Isa community to write to us by letter or email to provide your feedback on the proposal.
We recognise that the R48 Reserve is important to the local community, which is why we are using this consultation period as an opportunity to talk more broadly with the community about future recreational camping on the Reserve.
- While a key focus of the public consultation process is to ensure the community is aware of, understands, and has an opportunity to comment on the by-laws, it is also a great time for MIWB to open up discussions on how the R48 Reserve is used as a recreational area.
- In particular, MIWB is seeking to better understand community views relating to camping on the Reserve.
- Your views on this will help us determine if there is community support for changing some of the current camping restrictions and /or enable us to put in place more appropriate administrative mechanisms related to camping (e.g. permit provision and conditions etc.).
- There will be a number of opportunities and ways you can have input, most especially we encourage you to provide written feedback which will be formally considered before the Board makes a final decision.
While the R48 Reserve is a much-loved recreational spot for the community and we are keen to hear views on how this can be maximised, MIWB must also ensure the safety or quality of this important water source and its surrounding environment is not compromised.
- Maintaining a safe, high quality water source is MIWB’s top priority. Providing a great space for recreational activities at the same time is a balancing act, which we’re committed to getting right.
- Input relating to camping or other recreational activities on the reserve, will need to be viewed with these broader environmental considerations in mind.
- We are locals too – we understand how much everyone enjoys this special space.
- It’s about ensuring the public can undertake one of their favourite recreational activities, but in a sustainable and responsible manner.
The formal consultation period for the proposed adoption of the Trust Land Protection and Use Model By-Law 2009 and the Trust Land Consumption of Liquor Model By-law 2009 is now closed. MIWB thanks the community for their consideration of these matters and and for taking the time to write to us with your input. MIWB is now reviewing the feedback provided and will make a decision on next steps in the coming months. The proposed Model By-laws are still accessible here.