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Lake goers warned of safety risks as water levels drop

Queenslanders looking to cool off at one of south-east Queensland’s lakes this summer are urged to be aware of the potential dangers brought about by decreasing water levels.

Following another dry year for much of Queensland, Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Neil Brennan reminded boaties and swimmers to be mindful of submerged and semi-submerged hazards in the water.

“Some of the state’s most popular lakes such as Lake Moogerah in the Scenic Rim, Lake Somerset in the Somerset Region or Lake Borumba in Gympie have seen water levels drop in the past year,” Mr Brennan said.

“These lower lake levels mean people have to be on extra alert for visible and underwater hazards when boating on, swimming or diving into lakes.

“Many lakes are now smaller and shallower, so it’s important for lake visitors to not become complacent and play it safe.”

With a predicted hot and dry summer, thousands of people are expected to take advantage of recreational lakes.

Seqwater will again be working with the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Boating and Fisheries and Maritime Safety Queensland to enforce safe and responsible behaviour on and off the water.

Mr Brennan said Seqwater’s annual Play it safe campaign – now in its sixth year – encouraged the community to take responsibility for their safety at Seqwater's dams, lakes and parks.

As part of the campaign, representatives from Seqwater visited more than 12 schools across South East Queensland to promote safety to more than 5,500 students in the final weeks before the summer holidays.

“Seqwater provides a range of great outdoor recreation facilities for the community to enjoy, attracting more than 2.7 million visitors to our lakes and recreation sites each year,” Mr Brennan said.

“Lakes can appear safe and peaceful but can be deceptively dangerous so it’s important all visitors are aware of the rules and are mindful of others so everyone returns home safe.”

Lake visitors are encouraged to plan ahead by visiting Seqwater websites to be advised of any lake closures or restrictions resulting from decreased water levels.

For more information visit: seqwater.com.au/playitsafe

Seqwater Principal Compliance Officer Amber Blake at Lake Moogerah

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