Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) advises that Cressbrook Dam and Cooby Dam will remain closed to the public despite the easing of State Government’s restrictions on recreational activities including boating, fishing and picnics.
Perseverance Dam will re-open to the public for picnicking; however, water access will remain restricted to Perseverance Aquatic Club members only.
TRC Environment and Community Services Portfolio Leader Cr Tim McMahon said Council regrets that Cressbrook Dam and Cooby Dam remains closed to recreational use due to continued elevated levels of Algae or Algal toxins in the water bodies.
“Unfortunately, Cressbrook and Cooby Dams were already closed to recreational use before COVID-19 restrictions came into force,” Cr McMahon said.
“Elevated algae and algal toxin levels in the water at Cressbrook and Cooby Dams may have health impacts on recreational users.
“The reason for closures represents no risk to drinking water supplies as the water treatment, and disinfection process removes them.
“The great news is that Perseverance dam will re-open with Algae and Algal toxins levels having reduced to levels suitable for recreation.
“The re-opening of Perseverance Dam means that picnicking and water skiing, by members of the Perseverance Aquatic Club, will be allowed to resume.
“If residents are considering a picnic, please remember that only family members can picnic together, and social distancing measures must be maintained.
“Council thanks all residents for their very responsible actions and sensible compliance with all State and Federal Government Covid-19 directions.
“Councils Dams are a valued recreational resource and Council would be keen to see our dams re-opened for use as soon as possible.
“If you are using any of Council’s park or recreation areas, please act responsibly while taking advantage of the beautiful surrounds of our many open spaces.”
To view activities open or closed at the dams, please visit www.tr.qld.gov.au/damstatus