Full dams a big drawcard for Easter holidaymakers

14 Mar 2008

Easter holidaymakers heading to the State’s dams for a break will find plenty of them now full, thanks to heavy downpours in recent months.

Major inflows into dams have brought many of SunWater’s storages to the brim, ensuring boaties, anglers and campers will be well catered for during the holidays.

A SunWater spokesperson said many of the organisation’s dams offered a great location for some well-earned rest and recreation.

“The wet weather has certainly boosted dam levels in time for Easter and visitors are sure to flock to our dams across the State to enjoy the waterways on offer,” the spokesperson said.

“We encourage people to take time out to enjoy the dam’s waterways, but urged them to use caution and be aware of the risks.

“Dams are great places to bring the family for the holidays and we encourage people to enjoy what’s on offer, but at the same time take care to make it the fun it should be,” he said.

With many of the State’s dams now full, their was some concern that visitors may become complacent and disregard risks such as submerged stumps and rocks near the shoreline.

“Whether a dam is full, half full or empty, submerged hazard such as stumps and rocks are still present and can injure water skiers, boaties or swimmers.

“All we ask is that people show due care and attention when using dam waterways to ensure their holiday does not end in injury or worse - a tragedy.”

“It only takes general commonsense to play it safe on the water.

“Boaties need to keep well clear of swimmers, only tow skiers in deeper areas of the lake and never venture too close to dam and weir walls.

“Swimmer should be careful not to outswim their abilities, check depths before diving and always keep away from stumped areas that contain lake debris.

“Common injuries recorded this year include fishermen falling out of boats, swimmers being run over by boats and jet-skis, people being washed over weirs in inflatable rafts and serious cuts and broken bones occurring while intoxicated - all of which could have been prevented by showing some commonsense,” he said.

People could log on to www.sunwater.com or call 1315 89 for more information on dam facilities and conditions.

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