SunWater urges holiday makers to have a safe one

17 Dec 2010

Holidaymakers heading to the State’s dams this summer will find plenty of them now full, due to heavy downpours in recent months.

Major inflows into dams have brought most of SunWater’s storages to the brim, attracting boaties, anglers and campers to the dams.

SunWater’s Corporate Relations Manager, Olga Kakourakis said many of the organisation’s dams are regularly used as locations for some well-earned rest and recreation.

“The wet weather has certainly boosted dam levels in time for the Christmas break and this is the peak time of year when visitors flock to our dams across the State,” Ms Kakourakis said.

“We recognise that dams are popular places for friends and families to visit during the holidays and we urge everyone to use caution and be aware of the risks and take care of themselves and others to make it the fun it should be,” she 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 hazards such as stumps and rocks are still present and can injure water skiers, boaties or swimmers.

“All we ask is that people take due care and pay 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 lakes that allow skiing, and never venture too close to dam and weir walls.

“All visitors should observe all safety signage, never swim in overflowing dams and keep away from stumped areas that contain lake debris.

“Common injuries recorded this year include fishermen falling out of boats, swimmers being hit by boats and jet-skis and serious cuts and broken bones occurring while intoxicated - all of which could have been prevented by showing some commonsense,” she said.

People could log on to or call 13 15 89 for more information on dam facilities and conditions.


Media Enquiries

Olga Kakourakis
Corporate Relations Manager
Phone +61 7 3120 0043
Mobile 0423 824 860

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