Seqwater has praised visitors to its lakes for their safe behaviour over the Christmas and New Year long weekends.
Long, sun-filled days and soaring temperatures sent thousands of locals and tourists to South East Queensland’s lakes to swim, fish, boat and enjoy other recreational opportunities.
During the busy period, Seqwater rangers and compliance officers worked with the Queensland Police Service and other agencies such as Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol to keep visitors safe and to promote responsible behaviour on and off the water.
Seqwater spokesman Mike Foster said Seqwater was pleased to report no major incidents during the festive season, with only a small number of infringement notices handed out.
“Considering the large number of people who visited our recreation areas, there were no serious behavioural issues reported,” Mr Foster said.
“Safety checks were conducted on numerous vessels at recreational lakes across the region, from Moogerah Dam in the south to Borumba Dam in the north, with no major incidents during both long weekends.
“On water, we are still finding boat operators without enough lifejackets on board for the number of people on the vessel – or stowed away in hard-to-reach spots - so we need to continue to beat the safety drum for lifejackets.
At Lake Somerset, one of Seqwater’s most popular recreation lakes, police conducted 365 breath tests from 26 December 2016 to 1 January 2017 – both on water and at The Spit carpark with no drink-driving offences detected.
Some marine infringement notices were issued to people operating a boat without a licence or disobeying the speed limits. Mr Foster thanked the community for playing it safe during the busy period and encouraged people to keep up the good behaviour during the rest of the summer holidays.
“Seqwater rangers and police can’t be everywhere, which means people have to take responsibility for their own safety when they visit our recreational areas,” Mr Foster said.
“Even if you have visited our lakes before, conditions may have changed. Take a minute before you leave home to check out the latest recreation and safety notices and the Bureau of Meteorology weather forecast.’’
For information about Seqwater lakes and recreation visit www.seqwater.com.au or download the new Seqwater app.