New Era for the Causeway Lake

Steve Livingstone, Brittany Lauga, Sandra Byrt and Steve Bundred

At our recent sail day we had visits from representatives of the Keppel Bay Sailing Club Management team as well as the member for Keppel.

The general feeling was that the lake is presently under utilised by the community and with some development could become a tourist attraction as well as a great environment for locals.

The Keppel Bay Sailing Club, KBSC, are currently running their learn to sail courses, for children aged from 5 years upwards, at the lake. This provides a very safe venue for their “Tackers” programme. Sandra Byrt and Denis Cook from KBSC talked about the need to create a safe launching ramp for their junior boats as well as a floating pontoon to simplify getting sailors in and out of their boats.

Both of these aims would also benefit Sailability greatly.

Brittany Lauga has spoken to the businesses around the lake who would, of course, welcome more visitors. She seemed supportive of ideas that would make the lake a more attractive social hub.

KBSC have plans to build a boat storage shed near to Sailability although recent events have put these plans on hold for the time being.

Brittany was also impressed with the turnout of Sailability volunteers, 19 in total!

Shed Opening Slideshow

It was a great morning. We should all feel proud. And thanks to those people who sent in photos.

A Report on the Recent State Conference

I can say I have been to Sailability Heaven.

Steve & Carol Livingstone and my wife Jenny and myself attended the Sailability State Conference in early March.  The conference was held on the Gold Coast at the Southport Yacht Clubs facilities at HollyWell.  Sailability Gold Coast operates out of this facility on the Broadwater.

What struck me most about the operation was how user friendly it was for the volunteers and sailor clients.

The Conference brought together Sailability Club members from ten of the eleven state clubs as well as members of the Sailability Queensland Conference.

As expected, the Conference covered issues like, challenges, insurance, equipment and maintenance, volunteers, grants, funding etc.

The real value in the experience came from meeting the Sailability members from other Clubs and listening to how they operate and the challenges they experience.  All clubs have their own challenges.  These challenges are usually associated with where the clubs operate.  For example,  clubs that can sail to and from a pontoon do not experience the same transfer problems that  Biloela, Darling Downs and Capricornia experience.  The latter three clubs sail in lakes or dams.

It is good to be able to put a face onto the emails that come from Sailability Queensland.  Not only putting a face on the names, but knowing that those people are only too willing to help in any way possible.  There was a real sense of belonging to something alive, active and working for the same ends.

On the last day of the Conference, there was a sailing race.  Each club was allocated a Hansa 303.  Steve and I had a purple one. Ha ha!  No one told us how strong the tide flow was in the Broadwater.  Virtually impossible to sail against the tide in the light conditions.  For the records, we came 6th.  For the records: the race was won by Graceville who by the way do all their sailing in the tidal flow of the Brisbane River.

Since attending the Conference, I am more convinced than ever that our volunteers are doing it too hard.  After seeing some of our volunteers dragging our boats  to the launch area: my reaction was:  we have to do better.  My resolution after visiting Sailability Heaven:  we are going to purchase a quad or some such vehicle to do the heavy work.  Do you know someone who wants to give us one?

The whole experience was wonderful.  Sailability Queensland is looking for a venue to host the next State Conference in two years.  I believe, Capricornia could host the Conference.

Justin Clare

Causeway Lake – Local Sailing Centre

We’ve been sailing on the lake for a few years now but lately we’ve been joined by youngsters learning to sail through the “Tackers” programme run by the Keppel Bay Sailing Club.

It’s great to see all the coloured sails on the water.

How Good is Our New Shed?

Fabulously good, that’s how good.

Gone are the days of dragging boats back and forth from the harbour and having to load them onto three storey trailers.

Life is so much easier for volunteers now and the council has promised to smooth out our launching ramp. We won’t know ourselves.

All good things come to those who wait

But while you are waiting it’s good to send emails, make phone calls, have meetings, talk to politicians, consult the many and varied bureaucrats, contact the media, consult planners, architects and builders, fill out forms, sign forms, apply for funding, make last minute decisions even though it’s all been going on for ever, and at any stage be ready and willing to go over old ground even though┬á everyone agreed to move forward but it doesn’t.

And before you know it you have a shed

Photos by Justin, Carol and Steve.