Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, says he is bitterly disappointed at the recent rise in the number of people who are failing to abide by the regulations governing recreational use at Quipolly Dam.
“Quipolly Dam is first and foremost a town water supply and until such time as we can build a new water treatment plant, recreational uses are limited and clearly sign posted at the recreation reserve. We are currently waiting for the State Government to match the $10 million put up by the Federal Government to get this vital project up and running. In the meantime people who ignore the regulations face fines from Council’s Rangers,” Councillor Hope said.
“Recreational fishers must only do so from the bank within the recreation reserve. All other areas are out of bounds. The Rangers have recently had to issue fines to people using boats, which powered or unpowered cannot be used on any part of the dam waterway. We’ve also had people allowing dogs to swim and camp fires being lit as well as litter being dumped. These activities are all illegal and pose a risk to public health. There will be no more warnings, people caught acting illegally will be fined,” Councillor Hope warned.
Quipolly Dam is looking its best in many years at 100% capacity. However, it is first and foremost a town water supply and until such time as a new water treatment plant is constructed people must abide by the current regulations for its recreational use, for the sake of public health requirements.