One of South East Queensland’s most popular camping spots has been given cash injection of up to $500,000 to improve its facilities and in turn boost tourism in the region.
Bulk water supplier Seqwater has committed funding to refurbishing the Borumba Dam camping ground facilities, with work to begin at the end of January.
Refurbishments include a new site office as well as a complete upgrade of the existing shower and toilet facilities.
Seqwater Acting Chief Executive Officer Dan Spiller said the investment demonstrated Seqwater’s commitment to providing some of the best natural recreation experiences in the country.
“The camping ground is positioned in a beautiful location with plenty of recreation opportunities to attract visitors, with more than 97,000 people visiting Lake Borumba last financial year,” Mr Spiller said.
“In addition to the camping ground development, Stage 2 of the Borumba Dam boat ramp upgrade was completed ahead of the summer school holidays, in conjunction with the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing.
“The new ramp has increased the continued safe access for recreational boating.
“The investment we make to build tourism at Lake Borumba will hopefully boost the economic prosperity of the local region.”
The development comes shortly after Seqwater appointed tourist operators Ezy Adventures as the new manager of the camping ground last month.
Terry Holiday of Ezy Adventures said the upgrades would help improve the experience of visitors to the camping ground.
“We are looking forward to these developments which will provide better amenities and improved access for patrons and make the overall operation of the camping ground more efficient,” Mr Holliday said.
“As the new managers, we have been busy getting the campground ready for the Christmas holiday period and look forward to meeting all the campers, kayakers, water skiers and anglers this summer.”
The camp ground will continue to operate while the construction works take place, with the project expected to be completed by May.
The project will require the establishment of a temporary toilet and shower facility as the construction work is carried out.
The work will be delivered by Sunshine Coast contractor Infraco and also include the installation of more water efficient devices as well as improvements to the traffic management of the site.
Infraco Director Glenn Turnbull said the development was not only a great project for Infraco but for other local businesses as well.
“Infraco have been successful builders on the Sunshine Coast for more than 17 years and have maintained a ‘locals first’ methodology during this time,” Mr Turnbull said.
“During this project, local businesses will be used to supply most material and all local labour will be employed on site.”
Mr Spiller said Seqwater was proud to be able to support local economic growth through both investment and engagement of local businesses to deliver the project work and operate the park.
New managers of Borumba Dam Camping Ground Terry and Peter Holliday