Cameron, William and Ewan MacKinnon with Kelly the red dog enjoy Australia Day.
Cameron, William and Ewan MacKinnon with Kelly the red dog enjoy Australia Day. Kara Irving

Numbers down at festivities

IT MAY have been quieter at Leslie Dam this Australia Day, but that didn't stop the locals from having a blast.

Families and four-legged friends set up camp on the banks of the dam to escape yesterday's humid conditions.

But it was the unpredictable and soggy weather that kept most holidaymakers at bay, with only a few people taking time out to celebrate.

Ipswich local Gretta Young said she had never been to Leslie Dam to celebrate Australia Day, but was glad she had made the spontaneous trip.

"We'll definitely be back next year," she said.

Peter Guy, manager of Washpool Camping Reserve, said the number of people staying at his caravan park opposite the dam was fewer this year.

"It's all in the weather. We still have our regulars. There are people out on the water and we're still hoping people will come out for the weekend," he said.

Mr Guy said the reserve would attract hundreds of people in peak seasons, but Australia Day didn't attract as many.

Smaller crowds at Leslie Dam came as a surprise to some, after the Toowoomba Regional Council banned water activities at its Cooby Dam north of the city, following an E.coli outbreak on Monday.

The outbreak is believed to have been caused by a natural bloom of bacteria.

There has been no contamination of Toowoomba's drinking water.

Meanwhile, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Peter Otto said residents could expect another unsettled day before more showers across the weekend.

"We're looking at a reasonable number of showers over the next few days and a chance of a storm today. Thereafter it won't be so unstable. Warwick can expect a shower or two on Saturday, Sunday and Monday," he said.

"Today we're expecting a top of 26 degrees, with 25 degrees over the weekend and warming up to 29 on Monday.

"Falls are expected to reach 20 millimetres in many places and double that in some places," he said.


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