LOCALS and tourists are being urged to be ‘DAM smart’ on and around Hinze Dam over the September school holidays.
Seqwater and the Queensland Police Service will be conducting patrols around Hinze Dam to ensure there is safe and responsible behaviour on and off the water.
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said the September school holidays is the perfect time for families to visit the dam.
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“As the weather warms up, many holiday makers and day trippers will spend time at the recreation areas at dams,” he said.
“It is important that all members of the public take care, be aware and remain considerate of their fellow visitors.”
Mr Dennis said Seqwater’s dam safety campaign was designed to educate people to rethink their behaviour and encourage people to ‘Be DAM Smart’ to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable and safe experience.
Visitors are reminded to:
• always watch children
• keep to speed limits on and off the water
• keep a safe distance from paddlers and swimmers when boating or jet skiing
• travel safely – don’t drink and drive your car or boat
• respect other visitors and be mindful of noise and other nuisances
• follow all instructions given by Seqwater Rangers, staff and Police.
Senior Sergeant Warren Francis, Officer in Charge Water Police Brisbane, said police would be conducting patrols targeting anti-social behaviour, including drink-driving both on land and water.
“We are there to ensure the safety of all dam users,” Senior Sergeant Francis said.
“By acting responsibly and remembering not to drink and drive either a car or a boat you can help make these school holidays enjoyable for yourself and those around you.”
Seqwater Rangers and Queensland Police will be monitoring:
• excessive alcohol consumption
• boaties and jet skiers keeping their distance from swimmers and paddlers – 30 metres for boats and 60 metres for jet skis
• people speeding in designated six-knot zones
• people swimming in non-designated areas
• boat registrations
• trespassing – people accessing areas outside the designated recreation areas.
Visitors are reminded to check the Recreation and Safety notices at www.seqwater.com.au before visiting lakes and recreation areas to ensure they have the latest information on conditions and closures.