WITH an influx of visitors set to celebrate the festive season at dams, lakes and parks across the Gold Coast, the region’s bulk water provider is urging people to ‘play it safe’ this summer.
Thousands of people are expected to visit dams across the southeast these Christmas holidays, including the Gold Coast’s Hinze Dam (pictured), which has prompted Seqwater to issue a timely reminder to visitors.
“We’d like everyone to take a few minutes to prepare for their visit to one of our dams, lakes and parks as if something goes wrong, you could be a long way from home,” Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said.
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“The Play it safe campaign is helping ensure all visitors have a safe and enjoyable summer on and off the water.”
More than 160,000 people visited Seqwater’s recreation areas over the 2013-14 holiday period.
Mr Dennis said it was especially important for members of the public to be aware and remain considerate of their fellow visitors.
“Rangers regularly patrol Seqwater’s lakes but they can’t be everywhere, so we rely on visitors to do the right thing and be mindful of others,” he said.
“Our lakes will provide welcome relief from the heat but swimmers must only enter the designated swimming areas.
“It is important to remember that still water can be risky – accidents can happen if we get complacent.”
Mr Dennis said boat users should also be aware of where they are allowed to go and the speed limit if they are travelling through a six-knot zone.
“Remember that all maritime rules apply when boating on our lakes. Our rangers, Queensland Boating and Fisheries and the Queensland Police Service conduct patrols but we rely on boaties playing it safe, especially when they are the skipper of a vessel,” he said.
“Please remember to familiarise yourself online with the lake you intend on visiting and check whether a boating or fishing permit is required.”
Seqwater rangers, Queensland Boating and Fisheries and Police will be out in force monitoring permits, boat registrations and alcohol consumption.
Seqwater’s recreation areas are open from 6am to 6pm, seven days a week. For more information about how to Play it safe, visit www.seqwater.com.au/playitsafe.