Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) advises that Cressbrook Dam and Cooby Dam will remain closed to the public despite the easing of State Government’s restrictions on recreational activities including boating, fishing and picnics.
Perseverance Dam will re-open to the public for picnicking; however, water access will remain restricted to Perseverance Aquatic Club members only.
TRC Environment and Community Services Portfolio Leader Cr Tim McMahon said Council regrets that Cressbrook Dam and Cooby Dam remain closed to recreational use due to continued elevated levels of Algae or Algal toxins in the water bodies.
Cressbrook and Cooby Dams were already closed to recreational use before COVID-19 restrictions came into force,
“Elevated algae and algal toxin levels in the water at Cressbrook and Cooby Dams may have health impacts on recreational users, however there is no risk to drinking water supplies as the water treatment, and disinfection process removes them,” Cr McMahon said.
Perseverance dam will re-open with Algae and Algal toxins levels having reduced to levels suitable for recreation.
Cr Mc Mahon went on to say “The re-opening of Perseverance Dam means that picnicking and water skiing, by members of the Perseverance Aquatic Club, will be allowed to resume.”
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