Dam expected to attract campers
LESLIE Dam has risen above 60 per cent capacity after a rain-soaked start to summer, with plenty of campers still expected over the Christmas holidays.
According to SunWater’s Olga Kakourakis the dam is at 63.3 per cent, an increase of 3.1 per cent since Friday.
“It’s gradually going up, but it’s not moving incredibly fast,” she said.
While water is being released from other Queensland dams, SunWater said it was not planning on releasing any from Leslie Dam yet, with the water still about 40 metres from spilling level.
Meanwhile, local camping ground operators are expecting a good Christmas season despite the potential for rain.
Washpool Camping Reserve operator Peter Guy said the swollen dam would entice people to the area.
“With the increased dam level I anticipate the number of campers to increase as well,” Mr Guy said.
“It should be a good season. We have got a couple of hundred tonnes of firewood coming... if the weather doesn’t hold out it could have some negative impacts.
“We generally get busy between Boxing Day and New Year’s, so hopefully we get some good weather.”
Emergency authorities are urging campers to play it safe when they are out and about during the Christmas break.
Warwick Police Station Senior Sergeant Stewart Day said people needed to be aware of the risks associated with camping.
“We are just imploring people to lock up their valuables,” Sgt Day said.
“We urge people to have all their safety equipment up to date and we remind people that the same drink-driving laws apply to boats.
“Obviously people will be staying in close proximity to each other, so everyone needs to be mindful of their fellow campers.
Sgt Day urged people to drive safe in wet weather.
“Don’t make Christmas a sad occasion for your families by doing silly things,” he said. “Warwick police want to wish everyone a safe and merry Christmas.”
Information about road conditions including flooding and road closures is available at www.131940.qld.gov.au