Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mark McArdle and Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing Steve Dickson said the project was the first of four to be completed, with new trails for bush walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders.
“Thousands of people voted on the use of the waterways through community information sessions, workshops and online surveys,” Mr McArdle said.
“It’s part of the Government’s strong plan, delivering on the election promise to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the economy.
“More jobs should also be created through these new tourism opportunities.”
Other projects to be completed ahead of next summer under the $250,000 first round funding include:
• A new northern access to Somerset Dam for fishing and paddling including a car park, toilet facilities and boat ramp.
• New shade shelters for Wyaralong Dam.
• New wash down facilities for canoes and kayaks at Ewen Maddock Dam.
Mr McArdle said the projects represented the first of a range of new recreation facilities to be delivered over the next two years to be jointly funded by the State Government, Seqwater and local councils.
“More than 3000 people have participated in the review to date across South East Queensland,’’ he said.
“This is about opening up our lakes and catchments for the greater enjoyment of the community and visitors alike.
“Labor failed to take advantage of these spaces, but we have listened to the community and we are delivering.”
Mr Dickson said the funding delivered on the Government’s promise to grow tourism as one of the four pillars of the State’s economy, and help get more Queenslanders active.
“These lakes are already popular recreation destinations for locals and visiting families,” Mr Dickson said.
“The increased recreation and leisure opportunities will boost visitor numbers and benefit local businesses.
“The new facilities will also make it easier for people to get involved in physical activity, which is in line with the Queensland Government’s desire to get more Queenslanders active.”
Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said Seqwater was committed to balancing the requirements of providing the region’s bulk drinking water while offering some of the region’s most enjoyable and diverse recreation experiences.
Seqwater will be working with the State and local councils to prioritise the implementation and funding of further recreation facilities as the review process continues.
For more information or to participate in the Seqwater recreation review, visit www.yourseqwater.com.au.
[ENDS] 8 August 2014
Media Contact: Phil Hind (McArdle) 0437 334 183
Michelle Buckworth (Dickson) 0418 433 647