A Gold Coast dam is set to welcome a few new additions, in the lead up to the festive season.
Hinze Dam will a new paddle craft launch point at the western boat ramp, new rigging areas at the eastern and western boat ramps, improvements to the Waterside Park picnic and playground area, better access to the trail network on Advancetown Road, and dogs on leads will be allowed at Pocket Park and Picnic Parkland.
The changes were announced by Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mark McArdle on Wednesday.
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He said a new guide had been released, following the Seqwater Recreation Review, which began in June 2013.
Speaking from the Gold Coast Mr McArdle said “The new guide for Hinze Dam, and those covering 19 other Seqwater lakes, have been the result of community feedback in the most extensive recreation review of our lakes ever”.
“We have listened to the community and as a result have opened some lakes and their surrounds to new uses and expanded opportunities at others.
“The Queensland Government is spending $750,000 building and upgrading infrastructure at south east Queensland lakes, such as launch points for boats and picnic areas.
Around 2.6 million people visited the region’s lakes in 2013-14, including 217,000 who enjoyed Hinze Dam.
Member for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates welcomed the improvements to Hinze Dam.
“The Queensland Government has a strong plan to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy and recognising leisure opportunities on the Gold Coast delivers on that election promise,” Ms Bates said.
The recreation guide and management plan for Hinze Dam can be seen by clicking here.