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Wyaralong to become world-class rowing facility under new plan

STROKE: QAS rowers try out Wyaralong Dam at the recreational plan announcement for Moogerah, Maroon and Wyaralong Dams.
STROKE: QAS rowers try out Wyaralong Dam at the recreational plan announcement for Moogerah, Maroon and Wyaralong Dams. Rob Williams

WYARALONG Dam is in the pipeline to become the new home of Rowing Queensland.

The proposal earmarking the dam, east of Boonah, as a world-class rowing facility was announced yesterday in conjunction with the launch of the Seqwater Recreation Management Plan for Moogerah, Maroon and Wyaralong lakes.

Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said the State Government and Seqwater were working with local rowing clubs to establish a buoyed course on the lake for training and regattas.

Rowing Queensland CEO Ross Symonds said Wyaralong Dam was already being used as a training facility by rowers from the Queensland Academy of Sport.

"Our national coach has identified this, in terms of the water quality and the (lack of) wind, as one of the best facilities in Australia to train and compete on," he said.

"We are short of facilities for regattas throughout south-east Queensland in terms of training and competitions and this is an excellent opportunity for us.

"Most of the rowers in south-east Queensland are Brisbane-based, so we have to train through the 'washing machine' of Brisbane River with the City Cats."

He said Wyaralong Dam's size allowed elite rowers to put significant kilometres under their belts, but also presented an opportunity for clubs and schools to use the facility for training.

Rowing Queensland and Wyaralong Rowing Club were investigating with Seqwater the opportunity to establish a clubhouse onsite.

"We're hoping by this time next year we will have, maybe not permanent facilities, but some temporary infrastructure out here - that would be a goal of ours," Mr Symonds said.

Member for Beaudesert Jon Krause said Wyaralong Dam would remain off-limits to motorised boats.

"While there was support for motorised craft on Wyaralong, the majority are in favour of keeping it a non-motorised lake because it is so close to lakes such as Maroon and Moogerah where motorised craft can be used," he said.

Among the planned improvements identified in the Recreational Plan are upgrades across the sites to picnic, camping and trail riding facilities and greater access and launch points. Strong support was given to the introduction of designated swimming areas at Lake Moogerah and Wyaralong.

Mr Krause said it was unlikely Wyaralong would be used as a water supply in next 15 to 20 years.

The Seqwater Recreation Plan is the largest review of south-east Queensland waterways to date and the culmination of a consultation process involving more than 300 submissions locally.

DAM ACTION PLAN

  • Upgrade picnic facilities.
  • Establish designated swimming areas at Moogerah and Wyaralong.
  • Gazette a 6-knot speed limit in two arms of the lakes through Maritime Safety Queensland.
  • Improved access to as well as additional horse trails.
  • Access to dogs on leashes at Moogerah and Maroon.
  • Boating Permit Scheme to be reviewed.

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