News

Safety alert for 100,000 visitors

HANGING AROUND: The Swift Water Recue helicopter performing a demonstration rescue.
HANGING AROUND: The Swift Water Recue helicopter performing a demonstration rescue. Sarah Harvey

IPSWICH doesn't have the endless golden beaches or the gateway to Moreton Bay, but it does have a lot of dams.

More than 100,000 water-skiers, fisherman, canoeists and campers will crowd the banks of popular spots such as Wivenhoe, Somerset and Moogerah dams with their tents and swags and caravans this Christmas.

The region's police, firefighters and SEQWater rangers will take charge of the massive job of trying to ensure holiday-makers play it as safe as possible over the end-of-year break.

In addition to crews of water police, who will travel from the Port of Brisbane to patrol dams across the Ipswich district, traffic branch police from various divisions, as well as rangers, will be on the lookout for anyone doing the wrong thing.

Water supply Minister Mark McArdle officially launched the "Be Dam Smart" safety campaign at Wivenhoe Dam's popular Logan's Inlet recreational area yesterday.

About 500 enthusiastic school kids, mainly from Ipswich, were invited to the launch, in the hope that they would pass the message up to parents and family members.

"You are the ones who will eventually run this great state and we want to keep you safe," Mr McArdle told the students.

SEQWater manager Jim Pruss said about 4000 camping permits had been issued for the Logan's inlet area for the school holidays, with 160 boat permits at Wivenhoe and about 3000 at Somerset Dam.

"With so many people out there, safety is extremely important for everyone who uses the dam," Mr Pruss said.

Brisbane water police's Senior Sergeant Warren Francis said the most common offence that boaties committed was neglecting basic safety equipment such as life jackets.

"I am pleased to say that, while we do lots of breath tests, we don't get a lot of drink-driving on the water," Snr Sgt Francis said.

"Most people seem to recognise the risks and we hope it stays that way.

"The rules for drink-driving on the water are the same as those that apply to driving on the road."

Hannah's Foundation co-founder Andrew Plint was also at the launch to show his support for the safety campaign.

He said that while dams always looked benign from a distance, there was always the risk of hidden dangers underneath.

"Your lifejacket is your seatbelt on the water," Mr Plint said. "I think that if you can educate kids about this so that the first thing they do when they hit the water is put their PFD on, it becomes a habit and it gets passed on to the next generation."

Topics:  moogerah dam, seqwater, somerset dam, wivenhoe dam


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Man accused of raping and killing pregnant woman

For some women, vomiting and nausea lasts through the entirety of a pregnancy and can cause serious health risks.

Andrew Burke stands accused of raping and murdering a pregnant woman

AFL clubs rocked by death of masters player

An AFL player died after being tackled during a game. Picture: Seven News

45-year-old died after getting up from a tackle

Fuel stolen at Woodridge

Can you help police identify this person?

Latest deals and offers

Raising profile of rare illness

AT ANY moment, Sharon Easdale could lose complete control of her body.

Fuel stolen at Woodridge

Can you help police identify this person?

Ambo hits road for house fires

LENDING A HAND: Christine and Louie Naumovski from the Logan House Fire Support Network.

OLD ambulance donated to charity.

HEALTH HUB PLAN

Griffith’s Professor Lesley Chenoweth, Mayor Luke Smith, Cr Stacey McIntosh and Logan Bayside Health Network Executive Director Brett Bricknell discuss the plans.

HAVE your say on draft plan.

Council appoints Milner as new CEO

WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE: Mayor Luke Smith congratulates Andrew Milner on his appointment to CEO of Logan City Council.

Andrew Milner takes over as Logan CEO.

Police urge caution after fake notes used

Queensland Police Service badge on uniform, Monday, July 27, 2015. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle

Businesses on look out for counterfeit $50 notes

Migaloo the albino whale spotted at Byron Bay

Migaloo spotted off Byron Bay on July 27, 2016.

Quick: Get out the binoculars. He's coming.

Brian McFadden makes daughters pay for own Christmas gifts

McFadden makes his daughters pay for half their presents

Lady Gaga is a godmother

Lady Gaga has become a godmother to her friends' daughter

Will Turbo be taken off TV?

Memes about Turbo are flowing on Social media.

PEOPLE want Turbo taken off TV, but will Prospero Productions the ma

Police charge in after Lohan claims fiance tried to kill her

"You tried to kill me. You're a f*****g psycho".

Prince Harry regrets not talking about Diana's death

Diana, Princess of Wales, enjoys a ride on the Maid of Mist in Niagara Falls, Ont., in this Oct., 1991, with her sons Prince Harry, then 7, and Prince William, then 9.

The royal was 12 years old when his mother was killed

Oh Kim, be careful with the spray tan when breast feeding

Kim Kardashian West accidentally smothered North's face in fake tan

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles