More recreation options open up at dams, fossicking grounds

Barbecues, swimming areas, playgrounds and shower and toilet facilities will re-open this weekend at Seqwater and Sunwater dams, lakes, weirs and recreation areas.

And all fossicking areas across the state will re-open from midnight Friday, ensuring Queensland gem hunters can get out and try and find their fortune once again.

Natural Resources Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the re-opening was in line with the state’s COVID-19 roadmap to easing restrictions.

“This is another step toward the gradual reopening of our popular public spaces across the state as we make a safe COVID recovery,” he said.

“Queenslanders can now get out and about on our lakes, dams and weirs with barbecues, playgrounds and designated swimming areas available again from 12pm on Friday 15 May at Sunwater facilities and 6am Saturday 16 May at Seqwater facilities.

“However, I remind everyone it’s important that we all stick to the rules so we all stay safe as we can.

“That means maintaining social distance, gatherings of up to 10 people, and only travel up to 150 kilometres or up to 500 kilometres for outback residents.

“The Palaszczuk Government understands that recreation and the outdoors play an important role in our community and we thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we navigate through this challenging situation.”

Queensland Police will be working with staff from Seqwater, Sunwater and DNRME to ensure that visitors are adhering to the Chief Health Officer’s direction, including social distancing requirements.

Camping is still not allowed.

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