Holiday-makers and day-trippers are being urged to be ‘DAM smart’ on and around South East Queensland dams over the Easter and Anzac Day period.
Acting Chief Executive Officer Peter Scott said Seqwater will work with the Queensland Police Service to conduct patrols around the region’s major dams to enforce safe and responsible behaviour on and off the water.
Mr Scott said Easter is traditionally one of the biggest camping weekends of the year and more people are likely to take advantage of Seqwater’s lakeside recreation areas.
“We are expecting around 150,000 people to visit and vacation at recreation areas across Seqwater dams over the Easter holiday break,” Mr Scott said.
“If the weather holds, this number may reach 200,000 visitors by the following Anzac Day long weekend.”
Seqwater’s dam safety campaign is designed to educate people to ‘rethink’ their behaviour and urges people to ‘Be DAM Smart’ when visiting lakes and recreation areas to ensure that everyone has a fun and safe day.
“The majority of visitors are very well behaved and make the most of the facilities; however even a small amount of dangerous and inappropriate behaviour affects everyone.
“We’re asking people to take care, be aware and be considerate of their fellow visitors.”
In particular, Seqwater asks visitors to:
- always watch children
- keep to speed limits on and off the water
- keep a safe distance from paddlers and swimmers when boating or jet skiing
- don’t drink and drive your car or boat
- respect other visitors and be mindful of noise and other nuisances
- follow all instructions given by Seqwater Rangers, staff and Police.
Warren Frances, Officer in Charge Water Police Brisbane, said police would be targeting anti-social behaviour, including drink-driving both on land and water.
“This is not about stopping people enjoying themselves and having fun, it is about ensuring people act responsibly and consider the safety and comfort of others,” Officer in Charge Frances said.
Seqwater Rangers and Queensland Police will be monitoring:
- excessive alcohol consumption
- boaties and jet skiers keeping their distance from swimmers and paddlers – 30 metres for boats and 60 metres for jet skis
- people speeding in designated six-knot zones
- people swimming in non-designated areas
- boat registrations.
Seqwater advises visitors to check the Recreation and Safety notices at www.seqwater.com.au before visiting lakes and recreation areas to ensure they have the latest information on conditions and closures.
Seqwater recreation areas are open from 6am to 6pm, seven days a week