South Burnett reviews re-opening of the region’s dams
Council has taken the opportunity to review and restructure the management of dam facilities for both of Council’s Tourist Parks at Lake Boondooma Dam and Bjelke-Petersen Dam.
Following the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent Public Health Directives, Council has taken the opportunity to review and restructure the management of dam facilities for both of Council’s Tourist Parks at Lake Boondooma Dam and Bjelke-Petersen Dam, necessitating the continued closure of accommodation/camping at both Dams.
Whilst no accommodation or camping options will be available in the short term, the Dams are open for day use only 6am-6pm, with fishing and boating activities available to visitors. Both facilities are expected to return to full operation by August 2020 (subject to any future Public Health Directives).
Council acknowledges a number of our valued clients will be disappointed with the tourist parks delayed opening however, Council’s decision to introduce new management arrangements at this time is expected to minimise the financial impact on ratepayers. With revenue over the coming months expected to be well below normal, coupled with increased cleaning and operational costs under the initial easing of COVID-19 restrictions requirements, now is the best time to reassess management options.
Despite the ability for Queenslanders to travel intrastate, winter is traditionally a quieter time at the dams. On top of this a percentage of our clientele travel from Southern States at this time of the year and these patrons will be prevented from visiting with the current border closures.
Council is also mindful of the need to be extremely cautious in ensuing all appropriate safety measures and operational procedures are in place to protect our patrons/staff from the potential spread of COVID-19 prior to re-opening. As such, Council is working to implement the appropriate COVID safe arrangements as a matter or priority.
Council will investigate and consider options to allow some form of restricted accommodation options prior to the full re-opening in August, however no firm decisions have been made at this time.
Council apologises for any inconvenience caused and appreciates your understanding and cooperation during this time.
Members of the community are encouraged to keep informed on the latest COVID-19 health advice on QLD Health website, phoning 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visiting Council’s website - ‘COVID-19’ page or Council’s Facebook page for further information.
South Burnett Regional Council reminds residents to follow the Queensland Government messaging: If you are sick, stay home; if you're feeling unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, you should contact your doctor about being tested; practice social distancing; continue good hygiene practices.