Safety first at regional Queensland waterways this Easter
SunWater is urging visitors to regional Queensland dams and weirs to stay safe this Easter break, following recent reports of people taking risks around local waterways.
SunWater General Manager Bulk Water and Irrigation Systems Tom Vanderbyl said many SunWater dams would see an increase in visitors for swimming, boating and fishing during the long weekend and school holiday period.
"We expect that our dams will again be popular places to visit during Easter and we want everyone to enjoy the facilities safely," Mr Vanderbyl said.
"Recently we have been alarmed to see people taking needless risks around our local infrastructure, including trespassing, boating close to dam walls and fishing off outlet structures," he said.
"This kind of behaviour is not only illegal but also extremely dangerous and immediately reported to the police who have the power to take action against the offenders.
Mr Vanderbyl said all visitors should heed safety signage and remain in designated recreational areas, well away from dam and weir walls.
"Holiday makers should be aware that while things may appear calm on the surface, there can be submerged hazards such as stumps and rocks which can cause serious injury.
"Irrigation channels are not safe for swimming due to safety hazards including submerged pipe inlets, siphons, hidden currents and steep slopes.
"It only takes common sense to read the signs and avoid tragedy these school holidays."
SunWater's dam safety tips:
- Observe all signs - they contain important information about the water, potential hazards and Blue-Green Algae (BGA) levels
- Do not boat, swim or ski while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Remain a safe distance from dam and weir walls and outlet structures
- Stay in designated recreational areas
- Be cautious of hidden dangers, such as submerged stumps, rocks and weeds
- Boaties stay clear of swimmers and skiers and not enter restricted buoyed areas.