Snap a #safey these school holidays

The Easter school holidays are almost upon us, with more reason than ever to visit Seqwater’s lakes.

By snapping a #safey – a selfie of you playing it safe – you could win either a GoPro Hero4 Session Camera or a $1,000 BCF gift card.

Now is also the perfect time to make the most of Seqwater’s extended opening hours which are currently being trialled at the region’s dams, lakes and parks.

Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said the next couple of weeks would be busy as families made the most of the warm start to autumn by visiting SEQ’s lakes.

“Visitor safety is a priority especially during popular periods such as the Easter holidays. We want you to be mindful of your safety, but also show us how you have fun and enjoy yourself,” Mr Dennis said.

“Our #safey competition has already attracted many colourful and creative entries, with only a few weeks remaining to win a GoPro or BCF gift card.

“Check out the #safey gallery at www.safey.com.au for inspiration!”

Mr Dennis said extended opening hours at Seqwater’s recreation hours would provide visitors with extra activity time throughout the holidays.

“During our recreation review you told us the opening hours should more closely correspond to daylight hours and we were more than happy to deliver on this suggestion,” he said.

“We are currently trialling extended hours between September and April, and will slightly reduce opening hours between May and August. The new hours apply to all Seqwater lakes and parks where recreation is permitted, in line with the current activities at each lake.

“We welcome feedback regarding the new hours, as we are certainly keen to hear your thoughts. At the end of the year we’ll decide whether to make the trial hours permanent based on the feedback received during the trial.”

The opening hours for the trial period are:

September - April        5.30am – 6.30pm

May - August              6.30am – 5.30pm

Community members are asked to email feedback regarding the trial to recreation@seqwater.com.au or phone 1800 737 928.

The #safey competition closes at midnight on 10 April. Terms and conditions at www.safey.com.au.

 

Recreation update

 

Lake Kurwongbah closed to paddling this Sunday

Lake Kurwongbah will be closed to paddling on Sunday 20 March for a charity ski event.

Please observe the directions of signage and staff on-site.

Normal access for paddle craft will resume at Lake Kurwongbah on Monday 21 March.

 

Lake Borumba reopens to boating, fishing and paddling

Lake Borumba has reopened to boating, fishing and paddling. The lake remains closed to skiing due to blue-green algae.

Water quality tests continue to be fast-tracked in an effort to reopen the lake as soon as possible.

Visitors are asked to observe signage at Lake Borumba and follow the direction of Seqwater staff.

 

Neranwood Horse Trails, Hinze Dam closed for repair

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. 

 

Speed limit at Lake Atkinson

Lake Atkinson is open to all water-based recreation, but has a 6 knot speed limit in place for boating.

Visitors are advised to exercise extreme caution when boating due to the potential for previously submerged hazards to be above the water line at the reduced water level.

Boat users should remain vigilant at all times as conditions in the lake may have changed.

Visitors are requested to observe the direction of staff and signage at the site.

 

Restrictions at Westvale Road boat ramp 

Trailerable vessels can not be launched from the northern access point (off Westvale Road) at Somerset Dam.

The ramp is still accessible for paddle craft and fishing, but launching vessels is not be permitted due to the reduced water levels that are being implemented for the Somerset Dam Improvement Project.

Please also be aware that reduced water levels may reveal previously submerged hazards and conditions may have changed since your last visit.

Please obey signage installed at the site and follow the directions of staff. 

 

Lake Dyer closed to water-based recreation

Lake Dyer is temporarily closed to all water-based recreation due to the detection of blue-green algae.

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

Please observe all signage and directions of Seqwater staff on-site.

 

Lake Clarendon closed to water-based recreation

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.

Visitors are requested to observe the direction of staff and signage at the site.

 

Northern boat ramp at Lake Baroon closed

The boat ramp at the Northern Recreation Area at Lake Baroon is 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.  

 

SEQ dam levels

The current drinking water supply capacity of the Grid Twelve is 85.5%, down 0.3% from last week. The Grid Twelve makes up nearly 90% of South East Queensland’s total water storage volume. See below for further breakdowns:

Dam

Current drinking water volume

Change in volume past 7 days

Catchment rainfall past 7 days

(ML)

(%)

(%)

(mm)*

Wivenhoe

1,022,080

87.7%

0.8% 

10.3

Somerset

299,259

78.8%

0.2% 

17.5

North Pine**

151,922

70.9%

0.5% ↓ ***

15.5

Hinze**

294,494

94.8%

0.7% 

54.2

Baroon Pocket

39,719

65.1%

0.2% 

34

Leslie Harrison**

10,278

77.8%

0.4% 

23.6

Ewen Maddock

16,512

99.6%

No change

28.9

Cooloolabin**

6,580

80.4%

1.3% 

94.3

Lake Kurwongbah**

8,442

98.3%

0.4% 

14.3

Lake Macdonald

8,332

103.9%

5.9% 

79.6

Little Nerang

6,761

100.8%

0.4% 

54.2

Wappa

4,774

101.7%

1.1% 

94.3

* Catchment rainfall is the average of rainfalls recorded in and around the dam catchment.

** The capacity of North Pine, Hinze, Cooloolabin, Sideling Creek and Leslie Harrison have been temporarily decreased.

*** North Pine Dam FSL level has been updated to reflect the Design Full Supply Level, and no longer the Temporary FSL. This has resulted in a % drop in the displayed volume for NPD and Grid 12, however the actual level in NPD dam has only reduced -0.2% and Grid-12 -0.5%.

 

SEQ water consumption figures

Average daily residential water consumption across South East Queensland for the 14 day period ending 16 March 2016 was 162 litres per person. This is a decrease on the average for the previous period of 180 litres per person (calculated over 14 days ending 9 March 2016).

Average daily residential water consumption for a similar time last year was 178 litres per person. Across South East Queensland, residents are currently consuming about 16 litres less water per person per day as they did this time last year.

See below for further breakdowns:

Water consumption summary for the 14 day period ending Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Zone

SEQ

Central SEQ

Gold Coast

Redland

Scenic Rim

Sunshine Coast

Average daily production (ML)

784

506

161

34

5

78

Average daily residential consumption (L/person)

162

154

186

172

111

166

Total rainfall (mm)

 

55.4

49.4

79.6

29.8

53.2

Temperature oC

 

29.8

29.3

30.3

29.6

29.9

 

Residential water consumption for similar time last year (14 day period ending Wednesday 18 March 2015)

Zone

SEQ

Central SEQ

Gold Coast

Redland

Scenic Rim

Sunshine Coast

Average daily residential consumption (L/person)

178

169

193

214

129

193