Currimundi Canoe Trail guides the way for paddlers
  • Monday 28 June 2010

Council launched the Currimundi Lake Canoe Trail this weekend along with brochures, guides and artwork that will increase the recreational and educational experience for canoeists, walkers and cyclists.

Environment Portfolio Holder Councillor Keryn Jones said the canoe trail provides a safe, sheltered 6km paddle through residential and bushland areas.

“When we reviewed the existing trail alongside the Currimundi Catchment Care Group, we noted that it was lacking in identification and promotion—very few knew of its existence,” Cr Jones said.

“It is all very well having a trail, but if no one knows it’s there or what they’re looking, the experience will be lacking.

“The upgraded trail increases the experience for users and includes low key interpretive signage.

“There are eight markers and three ‘you are here’ signs installed at strategic locations on site guiding paddlers along this beautiful and environmentally significant trail.”

Trail maps are available on council’s website as well as safety guides, a Currimundi Lake Bird Checklist and a Currimundi Lake ecosystems brochure.

The Currimundi Lake Canoe Trail was developed as part of the Caloundra Recreation Trails Master Plan in 2006.

Cr Jones said that another major focus of the newly launched trail is the inclusion of local artwork to represent the importance of the Currimundi catchment.

“Council’s TreeLine Project held two community events where local community members and students from Pacific Lutheran created sketches reflective of their personal connection to the catchment’s ecological values,” Cr Jones said.

“These have been transformed by the artist, Margaret Worthington into five art pieces to be installed in Noel Burns Park at the waters edge.

“The artworks celebrate Currimundi Lake and its surrounding parks incorporating native plants and wildlife, and human activities such as playing soccer, fishing and photography.”