Dam breakthrough for boaties on Wivenhoe

RULES RELAXED: Queensland Premier Campbell Newman at Wivenhoe Dam yesterday to announce the results of the recreation report.
RULES RELAXED: Queensland Premier Campbell Newman at Wivenhoe Dam yesterday to announce the results of the recreation report. Sarah Harvey

POWER boats are set to roar on Wivenhoe Dam this summer.

Their use will be moderated, but Ipswich West MP Sean Choat said the fact that restricted fuel-powered boats would now be allowed at Wivenhoe Dam was a big win for the community.

Premier Campbell Newman made the announcement yesterday at Wivenhoe Dam in the wake of the most extensive recreation review of south-east Queensland's lakes and catchments ever undertaken.

Mr Choat, who has long been campaigning for powerboats to be allowed on the dam, said it was "great that anglers and people that enjoy pleasure craft are going to be able to get out in their boats this summer".

"I am really excited for the community and there a lot of business benefits," he said.

"I'm happy the powerboats are going to be moderated because we had a lot of people concerned about them ripping around. But that is going to be taken care of.

"I'd like to see in the future a Somerset Water Festival where we can get some of the supersonic craft to do demos where people can come and see them in a controlled environment."

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said he was pleased about the introduction of motorised water craft on Wivenhoe Dam, subject to restrictions.

"One of the things we really pushed for was to have motorised boats allowed on Wivenhoe so this is a fantastic outcome," Cr Lehmann said.

"There will be some restrictions on what type of motorised crafts are allowed on the dam including that they have low-emission engines and these restrictions are the key to ensuring we work with and respect the environment."

New access points for fishing and canoeing will also be provided at Somerset Dam and there will be new walking trails around Wivenhoe Dam

New stop-off points for paddle craft around Wivenhoe and Somerset Dams will also be provided and there will be a new designated swimming area at Atkinson Dam

Mr Newman said "these lakes are some of our most beautiful locations and present so many options that haven't previously been explored".

"We are determined to drive regional economic growth by making the most of our natural resources and ensuring we open up recreation opportunities and tourism, as we promised at the election," he said.

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