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28 April, 2020

Lake Tinaroo set to re-open

Seqwater and Sunwater dams to re-open to the public

By Phil Brandel

Sunwater recreation areas, dams, lakes and weirs to re-open

This Saturday, Seqwater and Sunwater sites will be re-opened for day use but camping, playgrounds and barbeques will remain closed.

The news comes after the Palaszczuk Government announced that dams and recreation areas will re-open to the public for day use following a relaxation in guidelines from the Chief Health Officer.

Minister for Natural Resources Dr Anthony Lynham said public health and safety was the most important thing and with the easing of restrictions, Queenslanders will have some greater freedom to visit parks, dams and recreational areas managed by Seqwater and Sunwater.

“Lifting these restrictions will allow our dams and recreational areas to be opened for fishing, boating, picnics and other activities however barbecue facilities will remain closed,” he said.

“Queenslanders have been doing the right thing since the coronavirus lockdown measures were introduced, and it has shown through in how we have flattened the curve.

“However, we must continue to observe the Chief Health Officer’s guidelines for social distancing.”

All campgrounds, including those at Sunwater and Seqwater facilities, will also remain closed until further notice from the Chief Health Officer.

While swimming at Sunwater facilities will reopen, Seqwater is conducting testing and risk assessments and will endeavour to open swimming when it is appropriate to do so.

A spokesperson for Sunwater added "Current social distancing guidelines and the requirement to stay within 50 kilometres of their home will apply to anyone visiting these sites. Please note, camping is not permitted," they said

"For those returning to our storages for recreation, please read the signs, be aware of your surroundings and enjoy our waterways safely."

Queensland Police Service can still issue on-the-spot fines for breaches of the Chief Health Officer’s directions.


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