An important project in 2006/07 was the undergrowth clearing of the Cotton Trees near the toilets and playground to create a safer environment for the children.
Council also dredged an area on the Southern edge of the lake for use as a safe swimming place for children.
2007 also saw the community and FOCL members join with the Caloundra City Council to further develop the plan for a rejuvenation of the area around Cocos Cafe and the Lake foreshores. FOCL input was to maintain the natural environmental aspect of the area whilst updating for safety and the future use of Currimundi Lake.
Currimundi Lake is now designated a coastal estuary which is required by law to remain open at all times. Increasing urbanization throughout the catchment creates new dynamics for the waterways and requires the community to become more vigilant in monitoring the biodiversity of Currimundi Catchment.
An ongoing project for FOCL is the clearing of all types of weeds along the foreshores of the Lake and revegetation of eroded areas.
Cleanup Australia Day, National Tree day and the Wildflower festival were well attended by local community members and visitors with their children.
Our inaugural Currimundi Lake Environment Day was held in Cliff Hargreaves Park on 29th September and proved to be an effective environmental educational experience for all those who attended.
Water monitoring is regularly performed at designated sites and a procedure was developed for the calibration of the monitoring instrument.
A contract was let to build a bridge across Coondibah Creek which would complete the Coastal Pathway from Ballinger Beach to Currimundi Lake. Pylons were sunk in August and the project opened by Mayor Don Aldous.
After Community discussions in June, a Draft Management plan for Coondibah Bushland Reserve was completed in August.
Spraying can no longer be used for Midge control so other options included raising the sand level or flooding the breeding areas during the larval hatching stage. It was found that Flooding the area for two weeks during that critical time seemed to work best and results will be monitored for future use.
Community meetings with the Council resolved to add a disability access toilet to the existing toilet block.
Two representatives from Friends of Currimundi Lake were invited to be mentors at group meetings arranged by the ‘then’ Caloundra City Council to help other groups wishing to enter their areas in the Tidy Towns and Clean Beach Challenges.