Paddlers & Skiers to Share Lake Kurwongbah

07/09/2014

MEDIA RELEASE & MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT RE: LAKE KURWONGBAH

PADDLERS & SKIERS TO SHARE LAKE KURWONGBAH

Paddlers are now able to enjoy the waters of Lake Kurwongbah for the first time since the Sideling Creek Dam was built in 1969.

Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said that from Monday, September 8 families would be able to use paddle craft on the lake.

“This is a major change and a great opportunity for families to enjoy one of the region’s most picturesque lakes,” Mr McArdle said.

“Following strong representation from local members Trevor Ruthenburg and Seath Holswich, Seqwater was asked to assess the best way to allow both club skiers and paddle craft to share the lake while ensuring public safety, water quality and the environment.”

The Queensland Government’s strong 30-year plan for the water sector – WaterQ – makes responsible water management one of its key strategic priorities.

As a result of the assessment the following will apply:

• Lake Kurwongbah will be open to the general public / paddle craft each week from Friday to Monday inclusive, • Waterski Queensland and the Lake Kurwongbah Water Ski Zone Club will have use of the lake from Tuesday to Thursday inclusive, and • The club will continue to have access to the lake for its annual charity events.

The change will allow Waterski Queensland to continue to use the lake as an inter-city training venue for elite skiers.

Seqwater chief executive Peter Dennis said the new interim arrangement would be in place until a detailed water quality assessment of the neighbouring Lake Samsonvale could be completed.

Mr Dennis said the assessment would be one of the most complex and comprehensive of its kind undertaken in Australia and was expected to take between 12 and 18 months.

Lake Samsonvale is the region’s fourth largest drinking water storage and a key supply for Brisbane.

“We are conducting a major water quality study of Lake Samsonvale to determine whether additional water-based recreation can be considered in the future,” Mr Dennis said.

Kallangur MP Trevor Ruthenberg welcomed the decision to allow Waterski Queensland and Lake Kurwongbah Water Ski Zone Club to continue using the lake until a final determination on the future of water recreation at both Lake Kurwongbah and Lake Samsonvale can be made.

“I will certainly be encouraging the ski club to look at ways of involving more people in its activities,’’ Mr Ruthenberg said.

Pine Rivers MP Seath Holswich congratulated all of the groups involved for reaching an arrangement that is fair to everyone.

“Trevor and I thank the club for the spirit in which it presented its case and thank Minister McArdle for his efforts in helping to bring the parties together.”