News

Powerboat racing a dam good idea for Wivenhoe

POWERBOAT racing on Wivenhoe Dam as part of a heavily promoted Somerset Water Festival is something Ipswich West MP Sean Choat is committed to bringing about as part of his 2013 program.

Mr Choat would like to see rules currently preventing powerboats from operating on Wivenhoe Dam overturned.

He sees great potential for a water festival featuring powerboat racing as a major tourist attraction that would be embraced by the public and boost the economy in the Somerset and Lockyer Valley area.

"Any sort of carnival needs to cater for all parts of the community, but I think people want to see a bit of competition," he said.

"Some of the powerboat racing I've seen on the tele is fantastic and I reckon people would love to see it locally. Spectators would come from all over to watch it.

"If that happened we could have a 'Somerset Water Festival' going over a couple of weekends.

"There are not too many bodies of water that size that would be conducive to this sort of thing in Queensland.

"A dam like Wivenhoe is made for it and you could do it without taking out the whole thing.

"There are plenty of inlets and places where they can do other activities when that is going on.

"The potential for this is amazing."

Mr Choat acknowledged that "SEQ Water has been against it".

"But I think that is short-sighted and a mistake," he said.

"A lot of people have said to me, 'Why can't we have powerboats on Wivenhoe?' They are on Somerset and it is the same water.

"I believe Wivenhoe is something people should be able to use and be proud of. It is big enough for powerboats.

"SEQ Water has got to change its current policy of no power boats on Wivenhoe. There are ways to safeguard water quality.

"The business community see it as a big drawcard. Fernvale would be a big winner but also places like Esk, Lowood and even some of the smaller places like Toogoolawah would get something out of it too.

"I have already spoken to the minister (for energy and water supply) Mark McArdle to say it is something I will be pursuing."

Is a powerboat competition on Wivenhoe Dam a good idea?

This poll ended on 24 December 2012.

Yes - 50%

No - 49%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  powerboats, sean choat, wivenhoe dam




Stay Connected

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

State of Origin 2016: Cooper Cronk will play for Qld

Cooper Cronk will play for Queensland tonight.

Cronk, who has been undergoing intense physio, made decision today

Work starts on $85m makeover for former school site

COMMUNITY HUB: An impression of what the residential and shopping complex at Silkstone will look like.

CONSTRUCTION has started on an $85 million development at Silkstone.

Your guide to the best live music in Ipswich

Bring your guitar and jam on Sundays at Brothers.

Check out some live entertainment this weekend

Latest deals and offers

Beyonce is better than Beethoven according to your dog

Sony research shows that dogs prefer Top 40 over classical.

Research commissioned by Sony shows that dogs like Top 40 more than classical.

Police continue dig at Carole Park site

Police search for remains of Sharron Phillips in Cobalt St, Carole Park. Sharron Phillips went missing in 1986.

Police continue the search for the remains of Sharron Phillips at Carole Park this...

Kevin Walters has done his homework on Moylan

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29:  Coach Kevin Walters during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session on May 29, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Qld Couch Kevin Walters is aware of NSW fullback.

More than 200,000 reasons why you should buy in Ipswich

WORKS PROGRESS: Construction of the District Park, which will include a Splash’n’Play Water Park and adventure playground, is well under way.

The reason families are moving to Ipswich

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.