By Mavis Stower
Coolmunda Dam is currently down to 5.7% capacity and spectacular aerial shots taken late last week reveal that the dam’s once broad expanse of water has been reduced to a string of water holes. Over the years the Dam has been ideal for recreational boating activities while regular stocking with fish fingerlings by the local fishing club made it a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.
The aerial photos were taken by Paul McKeown of Eumundi who is a Training Captain and Senior Pilot with a major airline and also Owner/Director of The Recreational Flying Company based in Gympie. Paul flew into Inglewood last week while supervising one of his Company’s Flight Instructors Wei-Sheng “Vincent” Liu who was on a training flight to upgrade his qualifications. Paul said he has flown over the Dam many times during the past twenty years and could not credit that it has deteriorated to its present condition.