Water-skiing was the most popular pastime in the Lismore Lake's heyday, which later gave way to bird watching in the 2000s before the Lismore City Council surrendered its water pumping licence and let the lake dry up.
Water-skiing was the most popular pastime in the Lismore Lake's heyday, which later gave way to bird watching in the 2000s before the Lismore City Council surrendered its water pumping licence and let the lake dry up. Dave Russell

Historic Lismore Lake photos revive campaign

A LISMORE local has shared photos on Facebook of the Lismore Lake from the 1970s when it was a central part of the town's recreational scene.

Dave Russell posted the pictures to the Save Lismore Lake page, part of a long-running community initiative to restore the lake to its former glory.

The South Lismore lake just off the Bruxner Highway was the central venue for the region's popular water-skiing scene during the 1970s and 80s and, as the photos reveal, people flocked there for events.

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Mr Russell's photos drew positive comments from supporters such as Ash Kilner who wrote: "Oh wow, the memories that just came flooding back when I saw the boats on the lake, reminds me of seeing them as a child and experiencing the sights and sounds that boat racing had to offer".

Mr Russell followed up his photos with this comment: "Lismore had the biggest draw card ever, now, just lots of arty stuff all over the place, that cost MILLIONS of dollars..."

Administrator of the Facebook page Michael Kuebler, who designed the plans to rehabilitate the lake, said "the speedboats might never return but revitalizing the lake and pool (as a) drawcard for tourists sounds good".

Would you like to see Lismore Lake returned to its former glory?

This poll ended on 29 March 2016.

Current Results

Yes

96%

No

3%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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