LOCAL MP’S ANNOUNCE SEQWATER’S RECREATION REVIEW

28/03/2013

South east Queensland is about to undertake the most extensive review of recreation offered by South East Queensland dams and catchments to date, Member for Pine Rivers Seath Holswich and Member for Kallangur Trevor Ruthenberg announced today.

"Enjoying the outdoors is a big part of life in south east Queensland. Many of us love nothing better than getting out and exploring our bushland, waterways and camping at our lakes," Mr Holswich said.
"Our dams and catchments offer some of Australia's most enjoyable recreational experiences from camping, fishing, canoeing through to water and jet skiing.

The review will include the development of recreation site master plans for dams across the region detailing allowable activities, available facilities, management rules and guidelines.

"The review will take into account the fact that many recreation dams across the region are also drinking water storages," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"It will need to balance the provision of recreation alongside the need to ensure there are no adverse impacts on water quality or the immediate catchment around those dams."

During March and April, Seqwater will consult local councils, user groups and affected residents on the proposed review before finalising the timetable.

Mr Holswich and Mr Ruthenberg are looking forward to the review into Lake Samsonvale and Lake Kurwongbah as they are great natural features of the local area.

"It is important we listen to the voices of our community when reviewing recreation on Lake Samsonvale and Lake Kurwongbah," Mr Holswich said.

"I applaud Seqwater's approach to engaging the community and we must ensure that we work together to find a solution that respects our natural environment, appreciates the need for the development of local industry and reflects the desires of the community."

"The review will include extensive community consultation and I encourage all interested parties to get involved," advised Mr Ruthenberg.

The review process is expected to start by May with the release of the first of the site master plan discussion paper.

After amalgamating the bulk water entities, a key Government objective was ensuring the region's dams and catchments optimised recreational opportunities, including potential commercial activity to enhance the community's use of recreation sites and the delivery of economic benefits.