Premier opens Wivenhoe Dam to power boats
WIVENHOE dam will soon be open to recreational fishing after Premier Campbell Newman made an announcement at Logan's Inlet yesterday.
Mr Newman said that after a detailed study by SEQWater, the State Government has permitted low powered fuel-restricted boats on Wivenhoe Dam.
"They can go up to a speed of six knots to allow people do recreational fishing and low key boating activities here while at Somerset and Atkinson there will still be room for jetskis and skiing," he said.
Mr Newman said there would also be walking trails around the perimeter of Wivenhoe Dam, new northern access points on Somerset Dam for fishing and canoeing, new stop-off points for paddle craft around Wivenhoe and Somerset Dams and a new designated swimming area at Atkinson Dam.
Mr Newman said the decision to open up Wivenhoe had been a long time coming and arrived after an extensive review looked at environmental concerns.
"Ever since I've been in public life I've been advocating better recreational opportunities at Somerset, Atkinson and Wivenhoe Dams and as Mayor of Brisbane chairing the South-east regional organisation, Graeme Lehmann and his council were advocates for greater use of Wivenhoe," Mr Newman said.
"Well today, we've finally got what he been asking for.
""These lakes are some of our most beautiful locations and present so many options that haven't previously been explored."
The premier also used the occasion to officially launch new user friendly guides showcasing the recreation on offer at Wivenhoe, Somerset and Atkinson Dams.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the Wivernhoe decision would have positive safety benefits.
We've had people go out fishing and get themselves into trouble when the wind blows up and they are on the other side of the dam so that was one of the big issues we looked at when we asked for power boats on Wivenhoe," Cr Lehmann said.
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said she was delighted locals would be able to have more recreational use of the water assets.
"These are already popular destinations to visit, but these new changes will bring even more tourists to the area and be an absolute boon for all the businesses and communities around the dams," Ms Frecklington said.