Sunshine Coast residents are being urged to take part in the most extensive review of recreation offered to date.
Energy and Water Supply Minister and Caloundra MP Mark McArdle has encouraged everyone to have their say on the Seqwater review into Baroon Pocket and Ewen Maddock Dams.
The review will include the development of recreation site master plans for clusters of dams across the region detailing allowable activities, available facilities, management rules and guidelines.
During March and April, Seqwater will consult local councils, user groups and affected residents on the proposed review before finalising the timetable.
‘’The review will take into account the fact that many recreation dams across the region are also drinking water storages,” he said.
‘’It will need to balance the provision of recreation alongside the need to ensure there are no adverse impacts on water quality or the immediate catchment around those dams.”
Mr McArdle said he was looking forward to hearing what the community had to say on areas such as the Ewen Maddock Dam and Baroon Pocket.
‘’Our dams and catchments offer some of Australia’s most enjoyable recreational experiences from camping, fishing, canoeing through to the higher octane pursuits of water skiing and jet skis,’’ Mr McArdle said.
‘’It is essential we have a robust discussion about how this precious resource is managed for future generations to enjoy.
‘’I applaud Seqwater’s approach to engaging the community and we must ensure that we work together to find a solution that respects our natural environment, appreciates the need for the development of local industry and reflects the desires of the community.”
The review process is expected to start by May with the release of the first of the site master plan discussion paper.