A REMOTELY operated verbal warning system complete with sirens and spotlights are what Rockhampton Regional councillors hope will put an end to illegal fishing at the Fitzroy River Barrage.

There is no fishing permitted, either on land or by boat, within 400 metres both upstream and downstream of the barrage and Rockhampton Regional Council's Water Committee chair, Councillor Greg Belz said illegal fishing had been a significant problem.

Rockhampton Regional Council's Water Committee chair, Councillor Greg Belz and Division 5 representative Cr Cherie Rutherford overview the barrage after new safety measures were put in place. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Rockhampton Regional Council's Water Committee chair, Councillor Greg Belz and Division 5 representative Cr Cherie Rutherford overview the barrage after new safety measures were put in place. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK291112sbarrage

Fitzroy River Water staff have worked with residents living close to the south side of the barrage to improve the security of the area over the past three months.

Cr Belz said he was happy with the outcome and the practical input from residents, which also included upgrading of the CCTV surveillance and signage, as well as increasing patrols and tidying up nearby shrubbery.



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