Dam boating rules freed up

Connolly Dam. Photo - Kelvin Hutchinson.

The Southern Downs Regional Council says keen anglers and water sport enthusiasts can now make a splash and have some fun at Connolly Dam any day of the week with free recreational activities.

In a statement this week the council said electric and oar-powered vessels at Connolly Dam are now permitted seven days a week during daylight hours.

“Vessels were previously only permitted to be used on Saturday and Sunday and users were required to be members of the Warwick District Fish Stocking Association (WDFSA),” the statement said.

“The change will encourage residents and visitors to make use of Connolly Dam’s recreational facilities and is aimed at delivering a boost to the region’s tourism industry.”

Councillor for Events, Sport, Parks and Recreation Yve Stocks said council is “committed to supporting tourism and offering affordable, family-friendly recreational activities across the region”.

“Our region has many unique open spaces and Connolly Dam has a lot of potential as a beautiful recreational area,” Cr Stocks said.

“Council has worked to promote the area and accommodate visitors including adding 20 camping sites.

“To increase Connolly Dam’s appeal and attract more visitors, council decided a membership of WDFSA to use a vessel on the water should no longer be required.

“This ensures families and water enthusiasts can enjoy the best of what the region has to offer; camping and getting on the water at Connolly Dam.

“Council has allocated funds in the Draft Budget for 2019-2020 to support the WDFSA and Stanthorpe Fish Stocking Association to ensure the organisations can continue stocking Connolly Dam and other recreational areas with fish.”

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