Lake Baroon re-opens to all permitted water-based activities from Tuesday 31 May 2016
Date:
30/05/2016

Lake Baroon re-opens to all permitted water-based activities from Tuesday 31 May 2016.

Water quality results indicate blue-green algae levels have fallen within acceptable limits.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during the recent closure.

As always, if you're our lakes and parks, be sure to plan ahead and play it safe.

Shoreline, Goan Hill and Mount Joyce Mountain Bike trails at Wyaralong closed for fire break maintenance
Date:
27/05/2016

The Shoreline, Goan Hill and Mount Joyce Mountain Bike Trails at Lake Wyaralong will be temporarily closed between Monday 6 June 2016 and Friday 10 June 2016.

The closure will allow Seqwater to complete important fire break maintenance. Visitors are not permitted to access the trails during works, which will be closed at different times, outlined below.

Shoreline Trail

  • Closed from Monday 6 June 2016 and re-opened Thursday 9 June 2016. 
  • Closure includes all tracks along the Shoreline trail from the Taylor's gate canoe access entrance through to and including Grass Tree Track.

Goan Road West 

  • Closed from Thursday 9 June 2016 and re-opened Saturday 11 June 2016.
  • Closure will occur on the Goan Hill Track from the bridge underpass onwards.

Mt Joyce Mountain Bike Park 

  • Closed from Friday 10 June 2016 and re-opened Saturday 11 June 2016.

You can locate alternate recreation trails via our interactive map at www.seqwater.com.au/recreation.  

We thank you for your patience.

Lake Atkinson is temporarily closed to all water-based recreation
Date:
25/05/2016

Lake Atkinson is temporarily closed to all water-based recreation due to high levels of bacteria detected during routine testing.

The closure is a precautionary measure in the interest of public safety. Exposure to bacteria could result in gastroenteritis-like symptoms.

We are performing regular water quality testing, and will re-open Lake Atkinson as soon as possible.

We thank you for your patience during the closure and ask visitors to observe signage and follow the directions of staff on-site.

Lake Borumba re-opens to all permitted water-based activities from Thursday 26 May 2016
Date:
25/05/2016

Lake Borumba re-opens to all permitted water-based activities from Thursday 26 May 2016.

The latest water quality results indicate blue-green algae levels have fallen within acceptable limits.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during the recent closure.

As always, if you're our lakes and parks, be sure to plan ahead and play it safe.

Western reaches of Lake Wyaralong has re-opened to permitted water-based activities
Date:
20/05/2016

The western reaches of Lake Wyaralong, in the vicinity of the Knehr Road launch point, has been re-opened to all permitted water-based activities.

Water quality tests indicate bacteria levels have dropped, and it is safe to re-open the lake.

Thank you for your patience during the recent closure.

When visiting our lakes and parks, please remain vigilant and continue to play it safe.

Hinze Dam Eastern Trails temporarily closed until end of May 2016
Date:
11/05/2016

The Trails on the eastern side of Hinze Dam will be temporarily closed until the end of May 2016, while maintenance works are undertaken.

Visitors are not permitted to access the trails during works, which should be completed by the end of May.

We thank you for your patience during the closure. You can locate alternate recreation trails via our interactive map at www.seqwater.com.au/recreation.

Please play it safe when visiting our sites, and we will re-open the trails as soon as possible.

Maintenance on Mt Joyce MTB, Lake Wyaralong - intermittent closures
Date:
04/05/2016

The Mt Joyce MTB Trails at Lake Wyaralong will be closed intermittently for maintenance from Wednesday 4 May 2016.

Visitors are not permitted to access the trails during works, which should be completed by mid-June 2016. Signage will be placed on specific trails while maintenance is underway.

We thank you for your patience during the closure. You can locate alternate recreation areas via our interactive map at www.seqwater.com.au.

We’ll re-open the trails as soon as work is completed on each trail.

Wyaralong Dam Meebun Recreation area closed to camping 7 and 14 May and 11 June 2016
Date:
03/05/2016

The recreation camping area at Meebun will be closed to camping on Friday 6th and 13th May , Saturday 7th and 14th May and again on 10th and 11th June 2016 due to Rowing events being hosted at the site. 

Visitors are requested to observe the direction of signage at the site and seek alternate camping locations.

 

Changes to Wivenhoe Information Centre opening hours
Date:
29/04/2016

The opening hours of the Wivenhoe Information Centre have changed. The new hours are:

  • Monday to Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday to Friday: 8.30am to 5.00 pm (unless education experiences are being conducted)
  • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
  • Closed: Good Friday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

The centre will continue to operate as a base for our school and community education program from Wednesday to Sunday inclusive each week. It's important to note the centre may be closed at times during the day when education staff are in the field leading educational experiences.

Alternative toilet facilities are located at Cormorant Bay (approx. 5 min drive on the Brisbane Valley Highway south-east, towards Ipswich) and Logan's Inlet (approx. 5 minutes drive on the Brisbane Valley Highway north-west, towards Esk).

You can still access information about recreation facilities and alternative location to purchase boating permits for Wivenhoe and Somerset dams at any time by visiting www.seqwater.com.au/recreation.

 

Recreation site opening hours change from 1 May 2016
Date:
27/04/2016

From 1 May 2016, the opening hours at our recreation lakes and parks will change to 6.30 am - 5.30 pm until the end of August 2016.

This is part of the 12 month trial of extended recreation hours which started from Tuesday 1 December 2015. The new hours are:

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

During this trial, we encourage you to let us know what you think of the new hours by calling 1800 737 928 or emailing recreation@seqwater.com.au

Your feedback will help us make a decision as to whether the new hours will remain permanently, at the end of the trial.

For more information read our media release or download the fact sheet, and remember to play it safe when visiting our dams, lakes and parks this summer.

Lake Dyer temporarily closed to all water-based activities until further notice
Date:
19/04/2016

Lake Dyer is temporarily closed to all water-based activities due increased levels of blue-green algae.

Blue-green algae blooms generally occur in the warmer months due to increased water temperature, abundant nutrients and optimal light conditions.

Seqwater is closely monitoring algae levels and will re-open the lake when water quality results indicate it is appropriate to do so.

For more information, a fact sheet on blue-green algae is available.

Boat ramp restrictions at Westvale Road boat ramp, Lake Somerset
Date:
06/03/2016

From Wednesday 3 February 2016, trailerable vessels should not be launched from the northern access point (off Westvale Road) at Somerset Dam.

The ramp will still be accessible for paddlecraft and fishing, but launching vessels is not permitted because of the reduced water levels, as a result of the Somerset Dam Improvement Project.

Play it safe and exercise caution. Conditions may have changed since your last visit, and reduced water levels may reveal previously submerged hazards.

Please follow the direction of staff and signage on site.

Neranwood Horse Trails, Hinze Dam closed for repair
Date:
22/02/2016

The Neranwood Horse Trails at Hinze Dam are temporarily closed while we undertake maintenance and rectification works.

Visitors are not permitted to access the trails during works, which will be completed as soon as possible. 

We will update the website, Facebook and Twitter when the trails are re-opened.

We thank you for your patience during the closure. You can locate alternate recreation areas via our interactive map at www.seqwater.com.au.

Lake Clarendon closed to all water based recreation
Date:
22/01/2016

Lake Clarendon is temporarily closed to all water-based recreation due to poor water quality.

Seqwater is performing regular water quality testing and will re-open Lake Clarendon to water-based activities as soon as possible.

Seqwater apologises to visitors for any inconvenience caused by the lake’s closure.

Northern boat ramp at Lake Baroon closed
Date:
22/01/2016

The boat ramp at the Northern Recreation Area at Lake Baroon is to closed to boats and trailers until further notice.

For your safety, please use the boat ramp at the Southern Recreation Area.

We are working on fixing the problem and the ramp will be opened as soon as it is appropriate to do so.

People with paddle craft are still permitted to use the ramp.  

Algal blooms more likely in warmer months
Date:
17/12/2015

With summer now upon us, it is likely more algal blooms will occur in our dams and lakes.

Blue-green algae (also called cyanobacteria) is a naturally occuring organism that live in rivers, lakes and waterways. They are an important part of a healthy ecosystem. However under certain conditions, algae can grow rapidly.

Exposure to high levels of algae can result in unpleasant side effects in humans. Sometimes, we may have to restrict access to water based activities. We closely monitor our lakes for algal blooms and close lakes when algal levels are high.

It may be necessary to close lakes for weeks or months until tests show algal levels are acceptable.

Learn more about blue-green algae by reading our fact sheet. Be sure to check our Recreation and Safety Notices before you head out for information on conditions and closures.

 

Remain vigilant and be aware of changing lake conditions
Date:
05/12/2015

Your safety is important - please remain vigilant and play it safe when visiting any of our dams, lakes and parks.

Rainfall can change the conditions of our lakes and recreation areas, so we urge all users to remain vigilant and be aware of hazards when recreating at our lakes.

It's not just excessive rain that can cause conditions at our lakes to change. Periods of low rain or drought, or increased usage at our irrigation dams often result in a lower water level at some of our lakes, such as Lake Atkinson.

If you are the skipper of a vessel or boat, it is your responsibility to ensure that the conditions are suitable for your particular activity. Submerged hazards including debris and natural hazards may be present, so lake users are reminded to remain vigilant at all times. You can keep yourself and your passengers safe by:

checking the area you intend to use to determine whether it is safe for your activity

  • keeping a proper lookout when using towing apparatus
  • maintaining a safe speed suitable for the conditions
  • wearing your life jacket
  • keeping a good lookout when using towing apparatus.
Moodlu Quarry – Public safety notice
Date:
01/11/2015

Some members of the community, including children, are putting their safety at risk to gain entry to Moodlu Quarry.

Seqwater, in partnership with Unitywater, has double-fenced the quarry and provided around the clock security. This is due to the instability of the cliff faces/edges of the quarry and the toxicity levels of the water.

The storage is a closed system and the water toxicity does not pose any risk to the surrounding groundwater or environment, however, it is not safe for swimming or other water-based activities.

Despite the measures taken by Seqwater and Unitywater to secure the area, there are still members of the community who are illegally accessing the quarry at great personal risk.

Seqwater urges residents and members of the public to report any incidents of people seen in the quarry by calling 1800 771 497, or Police (000) if someone is in immediate danger.

Signage is in place around the quarry fence which explain the risks since May/June 2012. 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this issue further, please email communications@seqwater.com.au.

Eastern recreation trail at Hinze Dam closed
Date:
01/11/2015

The main recreation trail on the eastern side of Hinze Dam will remain closed until further notice. The closure is the necessary due to flooding as a result of the increased capacity resulting from the raising of the Hinze Dam wall. Please monitor this website for updates on the status of the trail.

Snakes live in natural areas – be alert!
Date:
01/11/2015

With the warmer months upon us, snakes are now out and about. It is important for visitors to Seqwater recreation areas to be vigilant of nature's hazards – remember that you are in their home!

You should be observant and aware that venomous snake species can be encountered. It is a good idea to learn what to do in the case of a snake bite and how to effectively apply first-aid.

Recreation upgrade near Enoggera Reservoir – Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre
Date:
01/11/2015

It’s important to play it safe near Enoggera Reservoir with a number of new recreation facilities and attractions currently under construction at the Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre.

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) project involves new activity trails, picnic areas and a junior mountain bike skills training park.

Stage one of the works will be complete by the end of 2015, subject to weather conditions and other unforeseen delays.

You may notice construction activities and increased traffic in the area during this period.

Please remain vigilant and follow the instructions of on-site personnel and signage.

For more information about the upgrade, visit the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing website or call the Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre on (07) 3512 2300.