Calls for Wivenhoe limits to be lifted
A FLEET of powerful bass boats were granted unique privilege to open up the throttle on the waters of Wivenhoe during a BASS Australia Nation tournament on the weekend.
It's something local anglers and residents would like for all users to enjoy.
Normally, recreational users are restricted to a 6 knot speed limit, with either an electric or certain engine types permitted. However, while the engine restrictions remained, the speed limit of 6 knots was lifted to 40 knots for the BASS Australia Nation tournament.
Mt Hallen resident, and regular user of Wivenhoe, Daryl Beckett said it would be beneficial to have a boosted speed limit available for the community.
"Do people really know how big an area this dam is?" Mr Beckett said.
"There is a lot of water here and at 6 knots
it takes a long time to go from point A to point B."
Mr Beckett said public access to the dam and engine restrictions were also issues that could be improved.
"I think Seqwater need to review the access, review the speed limit for everybody and the use of the actual types of engine allowed on Wivenhoe."
An Seqwater spokesperson said the restrictions were based on community consultation as part of Seqwater's Recreation Review.
"Diversity of recreation activities across Seqwater lakes was a key criteria of the review," the spokesperson said.
"Wivenhoe Dam remains largely a passive recreation dam for paddling and fishing while nearby Atkinson and Somerset dams allow skiing and jet skiing.
"The bass tournament has been approved as a one-off application from Somerset Regional Council for an event that Council considers will be of considerable economic benefit to the community.
"As such, the speed restrictions have been adjusted for this one event under controlled conditions and only in certain areas."
The spokesperson said lifting the restrictions for general use in the future would be difficult.
"Changing the speed restrictions for large areas without the controls of this event and for longer terms could have impacts on the area and is not considered feasible or in line with the outcomes of the Recreation Review," the spokesperson said.
Seqwater said boat ramps were located at Logan's Inlet and Hamon Cove with a paddle craft access at O'Shea's Crossing.
However, works were under way to add another boat ramp and recreational areas.
"A major recreation site will be established at Billies Bay and Hays Landing as a key outcome of the Recreation Review," they said.
"Somerset Regional Council is currently upgrading bridge access to the site.
"Seqwater will be upgrading this area and there will be boat access once reopened later this year."