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Minister launches Seqwater’s Recreation Review
« on: March 28, 2013, 09:38:47 PM »
Minister for Energy and Water Supply
 The Honourable Mark McArdle

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Minister launches Seqwater’s Recreation Review

Seqwater is set to undertake the most extensive review of recreation offered by south east Queensland dams and catchments to date, Energy and Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle announced today.

Mr McArdle said Seqwater managed 50 per cent of the region’s open recreation space catering for up to two million visitors a year.

“Enjoying the outdoors is a big part of life in south east Queensland. Many of us love nothing better than getting out and exploring our bushland, waterways and camping at our lakes,” Mr McArdle said.

“Our dams and catchments offer some of Australia’s most enjoyable recreational experiences from camping, fishing, canoeing through to the higher octane pursuits of water skiing and jet skis.

“It is essential we have a robust discussion about how this precious resource is managed for future generations to enjoy.”

The review will include the development of recreation site master plans for clusters of dams across the region detailing allowable activities, available facilities, management rules and guidelines.

“The review will take into account the fact that many recreation dams across the region are also drinking water storages,” he said.

“It will need to balance the provision of recreation alongside the need to ensure there are no adverse impacts on water quality or the immediate catchment around those dams.”

During March and April, Seqwater will consult local councils, user groups and affected residents on the proposed review before finalising the timetable.

Mr McArdle recently met residents in Redland and Moreton Bay Regional council areas to hear their feedback on how they would like to use and access Seqwater recreation sites in their local area.

“It is important we take into account the concerns of the community and I applaud Seqwater’s approach to consult and listen to the concerns and feedback of the community in south east Queensland,” he said.

“The review will include extensive community consultation and I encourage all interested parties to get involved.”

The review process is expected to start by May with the release of the first of the site master plan discussion paper.

Seqwater was established from 1 January 2013 when Seqwater, LinkWater and the Water Grid Manager merged.

In forming the new authority, a key Government objective was ensuring the region’s dams and catchments optimised recreational opportunities, including potential commercial activity to enhance the community’s use of recreation sites and the delivery of economic benefits.

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