More than 3,000 organisations and individuals have seized the opportunity to shape the future of recreation at South East Queensland’s dams and catchments as part of the most extensive review ever undertaken.
Almost six months through Seqwater’s Recreation Management Review, Minister for Water Supply Mark McArdle said community interest had exceeded expectations.
“The recreation review process demonstrates the commitment of the Newman Government to local tourism opportunities as part of growing Queensland’s four pillar economy,” Mr McArdle said.
“To date, more than 2150 people have had a say through the online surveys and almost one thousand people have been involved in information sessions and participated in community workshops.
“We’ve heard from people who like to visit the lakes with friends and family, nearby residents, as well as outdoor and sporting groups that make use of the range of facilities available.”
Seqwater Acting Chief Executive Officer, Peter Dennis, said the recreation areas are public spaces and it’s important to consider everyone’s views so we can develop recreation opportunities that meet the needs of our growing and liveable region.
“It’s vital that we hear from as many people as possible. Our lakes and catchments are a precious resource and the recreation review provides a unique opportunity to have a say on how they are managed for future generations to enjoy,” Mr Dennis said.
As many of the dams across the region are also drinking water storages, the review will balance the diversity of recreation activities against ensuring no adverse impact on water quality or the immediate catchment around those lakes.
Consultation has occurred on six lake clusters, including:
– Lakes Atkinson, Somerset and Wivenhoe
– Lakes Kurwongbah and Samsonvale
– Lakes Maroon, Moogerah and Wyaralong
– Lake Baroon and Ewen Maddock Dam
– Enoggera and Gold Creek Reservoirs and Lake Mancheste
– Lakes Cooloolabin and Wappa.
Information about the recreation review, including the online surveys and the clusters of lakes that will be open for consultation in 2014, is available at www.yourseqwater.com.au