Play it safe around dams and weirs these school holidays

19 Sep 2014

The Honourable Mark McArdle MP
Minister for Energy and Water Supply

Holidaymakers visiting dams and waterways across regional Queensland are being urged to play it safe these school holidays.

Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said many of SunWater’s dams would see an increase in the numbers of people visiting to go boating, fishing and camping.

"Our dams are popular places for friends and families to gather during the September break and a common sense attitude will ensure everyone has an enjoyable and safe time," Mr McArdle said.

"Visitors should heed safety signs and remain in designated recreational areas, well away from dam and weir walls. Boaties need to keep well clear of swimmers and only tow skiers in deeper areas that allow skiing."

"Holidaymakers should be aware that there can be submerged hazards in the water, such as stumps and rocks, which can cause serious injury," he said.

"I urge people to always exercise caution, be aware of the risks and take care of each other."

SunWater general manager of bulk water and irrigation systems Tom Vanderbyl said swimming in irrigation channels was strictly prohibited due to other safety hazards, including submerged pipe inlets, siphons, hidden currents and steep slopes.

These are SunWater’s dam safety tips:

  • Observe all signs – they contain important information about the water, potential hazards and blue-green algae (BGA) levels;
  • Do not boat, swim or ski while under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • Remain a safe distance from dam and weir walls and outlet structures and stay in designated recreational areas;
  • Be cautious of hidden dangers, such as submerged stumps, rocks and weeds; and
  • Boaties should stay clear of swimmers and skiers and not enter restricted buoyed areas.

For more information on dam facilities and conditions:


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