A framework to better manage South East Queensland’s dams and catchments for recreation has today been released for public comment.
Seqwater chief executive, Peter Borrows, said the draft Recreation Management Framework recognised the importance and popularity of the region’s dams as recreation centres now and into the future.
“While our key priority will always be the ongoing supply and treatment of high quality drinking water, Seqwater recognises the important role recreation plays for the community of South East Queensland,” Mr Borrows said.
“Importantly this framework provides Seqwater with a decision-making tool to better assess recreation activities into the future. It will also deliver for the first time a far more consistent approach to the management of dam recreation sites and facilities across the region.’’
The framework has been developed with the following principles in mind:
- Minimise risks to water quality
- Ensure environmental sustainability
- Diversity in the range of outdoor recreation activities, locations and settings
- Ensure all use is consistent with Seqwater’s asset and land management practices
- Facilitating sustainable recreation
- Engage with external regulating agencies
- Meet financial management outcomes
More than 80 clubs, sporting bodies, associations, local and state government authorities and departments were consulted as part of the development of the draft framework.
Once finalised Seqwater will begin a comprehensive review of current activities to ensure they meet the framework’s criteria. Seqwater will consult with affected parties on any proposed changes before they are finalised.
A summary of the draft Seqwater Recreation Management Framework can be viewed at www.seqwater.com.au.
The framework will be open for public comment until Monday 5 October 2009. All feedback can be via email@example.com or in writing to Recreation Feedback, PO Box 68, Petrie, QLD, 4502.
Media contact: Seqwater media manager Mike Foster on 30355545 or 0425 250 394.