Seqwater has listened to the community and expanded opportunities for on-water recreation at Lake Kurwongbah with public paddling and club water skiing now available seven days a week, with the creation of new recreational zones.
Seqwater opened the lake to the public for the first time in 2014, under an interim arrangement where paddlers and club skiers enjoyed access to the lake on different days.
As of Saturday 2 December 2017, paddlers and club skiers have been given access to the lake every day of the week.
In an effort to improve recreation opportunities and keep everyone safe, Seqwater has introduced separate zones on the lake: an area for skiing and an area for paddling. Club rowing will also continue on the designated rowing course.
An additional paddle craft wash down facility and launch point have also been established and designated at Mick Hanfling Park following community feedback. All recreation users are required to wash their water craft to help prevent the spread of aquatic weeds.
Seqwater Water Source Services Manager Rob Drury said the outcome was the result of feedback from the community and negotiations with the existing water ski zone club, rowing club and fish management association.
“We are pleased to provider greater opportunities for everyone to get out on the lake without impacting public safety,” Mr Drury said.
“There are some areas of the lake which will continue to be off limits to the public for safety and security reasons, such as near the dam wall and spillway.
“We want to thank all our existing recreation users for working together to help make this happen. With these new zones in place, Lake Kurwongbah is now available to be used for seven days a week for all currently approved on-water activities.’’
Lake Kurwongbah Water Ski Zone President Chris Jones said he was pleased an agreement had been reached that allowed visitors week-long access to enjoy on-water recreation.
“It’s a great outcome not only for our club, but for the wider community,” Mr Jones said.
“It’s been years since we’ve been able to enjoy a full weekend of water skiing on Lake Kurwongbah so I’m sure a lot of people like me are keen to take advantage of the improved access.
“We look forward to enjoying skiing in a safe and responsible manner, with respect for the environment, other lake users and neighbouring residents.”
To allow more water skiers to take the opportunity to enjoy the lake, Lake Kurwongbah Water Ski Zone Club will be hosting public open days and increasing membership numbers.
In more good news for outdoor enthusiasts, arrangements are also being finalised to allow paddle craft onto Lake Samsonvale for the first time.
Mr Drury said a landmark water quality assessment had confirmed the water storage could cope with the introduction of public paddle craft, in addition to the Lake Samsonvale Water Sports Association and Pine Rivers Fish Management Association’s use of the lake, without impacting drinking water quality.
Mr Drury said Seqwater had been working with local recreation clubs, neighbours and the Moreton Bay Regional Council with the intention to open Lake Samsonvale to paddle craft access at Forgan Cove by mid-2018.
“The community has shown strong support for the introduction of non-motorised paddle craft access at North Pine Dam for the general public,” Mr Drury said.
“After lengthy analysis of options for the location of a public launch facility, Forgan Cove was identified as the most suitable location.”
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On-water recreation at Lake Kurwongbah
The general public opening times for the lake are 5.30am - 6.30pm from September to April and 6.00am - 5.30pm from May to August.
To manage any impact on local neighbours, water skiing times during September to April are 7.30am to 6.30pm from Monday to Saturday and 8.00am to 6.30pm on Sunday.
Water skiing times during May to August are 7.30am to 5.30pm from Monday to Saturday and 8.00am to 5.30pm on Sunday.
For enquiries about skiing on Lake Kurwongbah please contact the Lake Kurwongbah Water Ski Zone Club at http://www.lkwsz.org.au/ .
For enquiries about rowing on Lake Kurwongbah please contact the Pine Rivers Rowing Club on www.pineriversrowing.org.au .