Play it safe near dams this Australia Day

25 Jan 2013

Visitors planning to visit one of the state’s regional dams this Australia Day long weekend will find plenty of them close to full, due to recent rainfall.

SunWater’s General Manager of People, Performance and Safety, Tom Vanderbyl, said many of the organisation’s dams will see an influx of visitors this weekend as a destination for boating, fishing and camping.

"We recognise that dams are popular places for friends and families to visit on the Australia Day break and we urge everyone to use caution and be aware of the risks and take care of themselves to make it the fun it should be," Mr Vanderbyl said.

"With many of the state’s dams close to capacity and with more rainfall forecast across the state over coming days, SunWater is urging visitors to be aware of potential hazards in the water 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.

"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 debris."

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