New camping rules at Wuruma Dam to improve visitor access

11 Oct 2016

A new two week camping limit has been introduced at Wuruma Dam to address over-crowding issues and promote more equal access to the increasingly popular recreational facilities.

Mr Colin Bendall, SunWater General Manager Operations, said the rule has been introduced in response to the popularity of Wuruma Dam camping and recreation facilities, which are struggling to support the growing number of campers.

“The dam has become increasingly popular with local and interstate travellers which is putting pressure on the very limited facilities and is also presenting a number of safety risks,” said Mr Bendall.

“These new length of stay rules will help alleviate some of the strain on the facilities and a consistent turnover of campers will give everyone more equal access to the site.”

Wuruma Dam is located 48 kilometres north of Eidsvold in the North Burnett region of Queensland, and has become one of the area’s most popular natural attractions.

The SunWater managed facilities include a small toilet block, sheltered picnic areas, barbecues, a designated camping area and boat ramps.

In addition to the two week camping limit, an additional safety rule has been put in place to ensure campers are setting up a safe distance from the water’s edge.

“We have re-instated the original camping area and all camp sites must now be at least 10 metres from the water, to give people ample time to relocate if the water levels rise,” said Mr Bendall.

“SunWater has successfully introduced similar restrictions at both Burdekin Falls and Eungella Dams - due to long stay campers – and for the most part have been well received by locals and travellers.”

Mr Bendall reminds campers to pay attention to the signs and observe the rules at the dam, including the prohibition of open camp fires: “Open fires and the cutting and collection of firewood are not allowed anywhere on SunWater property,” he said.

A full list of SunWater Dam recreational sites, facilities and visitor information is available on the website: www.sunwater.com.au/sustainability/community/recreational-facilities

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