Lake Moondarra Youth Camp
The Lions Club of Mount Isa worked long and hard to establish the Lions Youth Camp out at Lake Moondarra.
The camp provided an excellent service to the people of our City and the surrounding area not forgetting the many visitors who patronised the facility.
This was something which most people were proud of and certainly a tribute to those members of the Lions Club and the other service Clubs and individuals who helped to develop this magnificent facility.
For a number of reasons the Camp closed down and was left standing idle for some time.
After the 2012 Council elections when I was elected Mayor of the City I was determined to re-open this facility which we did.
I gathered around me a group of Mount Isa people and formed a Committee. We sought and received support from some local business people as well as receiving support from some of the other Service Clubs in the City.
We employed the services of a couple who acted as caretakers allowing them to live in one of the family units free of charge in exchange for them cleaning the surrounds of the Camp and the rooms and facilities clean and tidy.
We were then open for business and Sue Wicks the then Manager of the Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce acted as a booking agent from the Chambers premises at the corner of West and Marion Streets.
Various groups including Y.P.A spent the weekends out at the Camp and we had plans to renovate the camp receiving promised support from Mount Isa Mines and other prominent Business people, individuals and Clubs.
Come 2016, I did not seek re-election as Mayor of the City.
Cr. Joyce McCullough was elected Mayor and one of her first decisions was to close down the Lions Youth Camp again.
I hope that this facility can be opened again but It must be for the whole community, it must be run by people who understand how a business is run and it must have a committee and management structure which will guarantee its success.
We cant allow it to close down again.
I'm sure that there will be many local citizens businesses and others who would be happy to help establish this facility, myself included.
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