Futures Group President Joe Abbott with WDRC Community Activation Officer Jessica Wilson.
Futures Group President Joe Abbott with WDRC Community Activation Officer Jessica Wilson. Contributed

Makeover plans for Tara lagoon

TARA community members can have their say on a proposed makeover of the Tara lagoon recreational area.

The Tara Future's Group presented a concept plan of the revamp to the community at a meeting on Monday night.

Tara Futures Group president Joe Abbott said the idea came about at a community inspirational walk last year.

Collating residents' ideas, the Future's Group then took the idea of a lagoon overhaul to the Western Downs Regional Council, which agreed on the need for the works, and with a grant from QGC, the Group engaged a company to create the concept plan.

"The advantage of having a concept plan is of course we can then work on projects, individual projects, that they've come up with and we can chase the funding for that, cause this is all council property and the Futures Group is a non-profit organisation,” Mr Abbott said.

The main points discussed at the community meeting were the need for a walkway around the whole perimeter of the lagoon, in addition to works to combat erosion, upgrades to the barbecue and recreation area, and fencing off part of the lagoon.

"A lot of people in their recreation vehicles go down there when it's wet and when it's dry of course, and when it's wet it just turns it into a mudbath and when it's dry into a dust bowl,” Mr Abbott said.

"There's also an allocated area there for an off the leash dog run on the eastern end, so that's and an allocation of some more powered caravan sites as well, so the plan looks pretty good.”

The plan and proposed works are a good step forward for the town, with the area used frequently during big events including fishing competitions and the Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races.

The next step is to get cost estimates for the works before the Future's Group can begin looking for funding. But first, the community needs to have their say on the plan.

Mr Abbott said the concept plan will be on display at the Tara council offices for two weeks, where residents can take a peek and submit their own ideas.

But overall, he emphasised the lagoon was already an asset the town can be proud of.

"It's there and by beautifying it and making it more user friendly that's got to be an asset for both the locals and for visitors.”

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