Lake Eacham pontoon removed for maintenance
16 February 2018
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is temporarily removing the pontoon at Lake Eacham, Crater Lakes National Park for maintenance, from 19 February until late March.
QPWS Principal Ranger Andrew Millerd said the pontoon at the popular lake near Atherton required routine maintenance work by Easter to ensure that it remained a safe and enjoyable facility for people to use.
“We’ve scheduled the work to occur between holidays, to try to minimise the inconvenience to visitors,” Mr Millerd said.
“Swimmers can still access the lake via the stairs and boat ramp with care, while the work is being done.
“The pontoon is at least 30 years old, and the fibreglass structure was starting to take on water.
“We need to recoat the fibreglass and repair the railings and fittings.
“This will ensure the pontoon has many more years of life, and is more affordable than building a new pontoon.
“The many tourists and locals who love swimming at Lake Eacham will appreciate the work when it’s done.
“We’ve taken numerous steps to advise our visitors – there are signs at the lake, a park alert on our website, and we’ve contacted tour operators to explain the need for the work and apologise for the inconvenience,” Mr Millerd said.