WISH LIST: Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss with Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle in the Lockyer Valley inspecting the region’s water assets.
WISH LIST: Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss with Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle in the Lockyer Valley inspecting the region’s water assets. Kerry Oneill

Dam benefits

AT a time when the region's dams are brimming to capacity, the Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle has called for better use of the water assets.

The minister was speaking as he toured two of the Lockyer Valley's dams, Lake Clarendon and Lake Dyer, with the Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss on Wednesday.

Mr McArdle said the region had attractions for tourists, local government and also the local community that could be better utilised to gain benefits for the region.

"Why not start utilising these facilities to get people back into these regions, to enlarge the tourist base of a region and get a few bob back into people's pockets?" Mr McArdle said.

Member for Lockyer Ian Rickuss backed the minister's call for better use of the region's dams and said the historic value of land around Lake Clarendon could cater for the quieter pursuits with low-impact water sports such as sailing and canoeing, with Lake Dyer already catering for water skiing, jet skis and other motorised water sports.

"A lot of families would appreciate the quieter pursuits of the environment at Lake Clarendon," he said.

Lake Clarendon and Lake Dyer are listed as being at 100% capacity according to SEQ Water's site.


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