News

Fast-flowing water and debris force closure of all SEQ lakes

RECORD BREAKING: Flood waters inundate cabins at Lake Moogerah Caravan Park last Monday as the dam exceeded its capacity.
RECORD BREAKING: Flood waters inundate cabins at Lake Moogerah Caravan Park last Monday as the dam exceeded its capacity. Contributed

MOOGERAH Dam will remain closed this weekend to all water activities after the lake reached a record-breaking height of 3.8m above its capacity.

Lake Moogerah Caravan Park won't be open for business after parts of the campgrounds, including eight privately owned cabins on the dam's edge, were submerged last Sunday and Monday.

Seqwater has advised that all south-east Queensland lakes are closed to water-based recreation activities, including swimming and boating, in the interests of public health and safety. All boat ramps are also closed until further notice.

Caravan park manager Megan Mason said the campgrounds were fully booked last weekend when ex tropical cyclone Oswald brought strong winds and heavy rain.

"A lot of them cancelled and those who did come, evacuated on Saturday," she said. Only one family braved the weekend's wild weather in their camper trailer.

Mrs Mason said water quality at Moogerah was poor and not ideal for camping this week.

"We are advising people it is not the best weekend to go camping," she said.

"The dam has dropped but it is still a metre or two above the high water mark. We are cleaning up as we speak.

"Seqwater are doing water quality testing. So long as the water is safe we will be open next weekend."

Seqwater are doing water quality testing. So long as the water is safe we will be open next weekend.

The water governing body yesterday issued a public notice that there could be fast-flowing water, debris, and obstacles in the lakes, presenting potential hazards to users following significant in-flows into the region's catchments over the past week.

"Seqwater will be monitoring for contaminants that might have been introduced to the lakes during this weather event," a spokesperson said.

"This temporary closure to water-based recreation activities will remain in place until further advice regarding water quality and general safety is available.

The lakes will be re-opened to water-based recreation activities as soon as it is considered safe to do so."

Topics:  moogerah dam, oswald, seqwater, water quality




Partygoer's night ends with injury

Emergency Services, Ambulance, QAS,  Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

Paramedics called to the scene

Knife-wielding robbers on the run

Police generic, crime scene.  Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times

Dog squad called to Ipswich service station

Atheists: Don't call yourself a Jedi!

The Atheist Foundation of Australia wants people who were born into a religion but no longer practice it to think about their answer in the upcoming Census.

Campaigners urge Australians to answer “no religion”

Latest deals and offers

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

10 things to do this weekend

Luke Heggie is appearing at the Ipswich Civic Centre as part of the 2016 Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase

Looking for something to do in Ipswich this weekend?

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Australia Post to open at Orion

Australia Post.

Service to open to customers in late August

Town with 'unique country flair' will be ruined: resident

Jonathan Emms of Rosewood is concerned about a proposed townhouse development for this John Street block of land.

Residents concerned by high density development proposal

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