Seqwater is urging South East Queenslanders to play it safe when celebrating over the New Year long weekend at the region’s dams, lakes and parks after some water-related incidents in recent days.

Seqwater Acting Chief Executive Officer Jim Pruss said tens of thousands of visitors are expected to visit SEQ lakes to see in the New Year.

“Between Christmas and over the New Year weekend we are expecting more than 150,000 people to have visited and enjoyed the region’s lakes and surrounding catchments.

“Unfortunately we’ve had a few reported safety incidents over the festive period at some of our busiest lakes – Moogerah and Somerset - with a near drowning and a water skiing injury.

“It’s a timely reminder of the need to take care and to play it safe.’’

This summer Seqwater has increased patrols including joint patrols with the Queensland Police Service (QPS).

All maritime rules apply when boating on Seqwater lakes including having a blood alcohol limit under 0.05. Random breath tests are being conducted as part of Seqwater’s joint patrols with the QPS.

“If you’re planning to be out on the water on Friday, watch how much you drink on New Year’s Eve as you may still be over the limit in the morning,’’ Mr Pruss said

“And if you are planning to take a swim keep within the designated swimming areas and please avoid swimming after drinking alcohol.’’

Mr Pruss said visitors to SEQ lakes can also enjoy some extra time during the summer months with a trial of extended recreation hours.

The opening hours for the trial period are:

  • September - April 5.30am – 6.30pm
  • May - August 6.30am – 5.30pm

Mr Pruss said the key to an enjoyable time at South East Queensland lakes is to plan ahead even if you may have visited the lake before.

“Conditions may have changed so before you leave home jump on our website, seqwater.com.au to check our latest recreation and safety notices.

“Explore our interactive recreation map online to plan your day depending on what activity you enjoy and your preferred location and to also make sure you have the right permits and safety equipment.

For more information about how to Play it safe, visit www.seqwater.com.au/playitsafe.