Councillor Greg Belz with the Fitzroy River Water mascot Fitz the turtle standing on the Rockhampton Barrage on Thursday, October 9 2014. Photo Madeline McDonald / The Morning Bulletin
Councillor Greg Belz with the Fitzroy River Water mascot Fitz the turtle standing on the Rockhampton Barrage on Thursday, October 9 2014. Photo Madeline McDonald / The Morning Bulletin Madeline McDonald

A rare chance to walk barrage for the fourth time ever

ROCKHAMPTON residents will have an opportunity to walk along Rockhampton's Fitzroy River Barrage next week.

It's the fourth time in 44 years the barrage has been opened up to the community.

The open day on Saturday, October 18, will also kick off this year's National Water Week.

The council's water committee chair Greg Belz said the open day was a good chance for people to experience a unique opportunity and insight into how the barrage worked.

"It's great for people to have that unique opportunity to have a walk along the barrage, see the salt and fresh water side and understand how massive and mighty it really is," Cr Belz said.

"At the last opening we had a huge attendance and we are expecting the same for next Saturday. This is something we would hope to do every few years into the future so that future generations can come through and have a great understanding of what the barrage is and how it works.

"Water is the life blood of any community and we are fortunate in Rockhampton where we own the barrage and the 50,000 mega-litre water allocation behind it. It's a unique situation in Queensland and we are the envy of many cities throughout this state and indeed Australia."

Cr Belz will also be introducing Fitzroy River Water's very own mascot for the first time, Fitz the bum breathing turtle.

"We had a competition for school children in the region for names and ideas for mascots and the winning entry was Fitz the turtle.

"The turtle is a very important part of the Fitzroy system, it's a unique turtle and I think having a mascot is something that works very well."

IF YOU GO

When: Saturday, October 18

Time: 10am-2pm

Where: North side of the Barrage via Larcombe St, Park Avenue

Requirements: Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult and enclosed flat shoes must be worn on the barrage.

To beat the line up on the day visit www.frw.com.au to pre-fill indemnity forms.



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