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New facilities boost recreation in South east Queensland lakes and dams
16 kilometres of new multi-use trails have been opened at Wivenhoe Hill overlooking Wivenhoe Dam, as a result of the recreation review of South east Queensland lakes and catchments.
The project is the first of four planned recreation upgrades, with new trails for bush walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders.
Other projects to be completed ahead of next summer under the $250,000 round of funding include:
• A new northern access to Somerset Dam for fishing and paddling including a car park, toilet facilities and boat ramp.
• New shade shelters for Wyaralong Dam.
• New wash down facilities for canoes and kayaks at Ewen Maddock Dam.
Queensland Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle said the projects represented the first of a range of new recreation facilities to be delivered over the next two years to be jointly funded by the Queensland Government, Seqwater and local councils.
Minister McArdle stated “more than 3000 people have participated in the review to date across South East Queensland.
“This is about opening up our lakes and catchments for the greater enjoyment of the community and visitors alike ... we have listened to the community and we are delivering.”
Queensland Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing Steve Dickson added "these lakes are already popular recreation destinations for locals and visiting families.
“The increased recreation and leisure opportunities will boost visitor numbers and benefit local businesses.
“The new facilities will also make it easier for people to get involved in physical activity, which is in line with the Queensland Government’s desire to get more Queenslanders active.”
Seqwater is committed to balancing the requirements of providing the region’s bulk drinking water while offering some of the region’s most enjoyable and diverse recreation experiences.
For more information or to participate in the Seqwater recreation review, visit www.yourseqwater.com.au
16th May 2014 - Recreational review of Queensland dams reaches major milestone
21st January 2014 - Record numbers of visitors enjoy Seqwater recreation facilities
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