Cressbrook Dam

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) will re-open Cressbrook Dam to the public for recreational purposes from 16 May 2020 after testing showed water met recognised safety standards.

Toowoomba Regional Council Environment and Community Portfolio Leader Cr Tim McMahon said Council would re-open and remove signage ready for the weekend.

“The campground at Cressbrook Dam will remain closed in line with the Queensland Government’s Roadmap to Easing COVID-19 restrictions,” Cr McMahon said.

“Apart from the camping ground, residents can use other barbecue and public amenities during day opening hours at Cressbrook Dam.

“Users will still need to adhere to relevant Queensland Health requirements with a maximum gathering of ten persons permitted under Stage One easing of restrictions.

“If residents are considering any recreational activities, social distancing measures must be maintained.

“Council thanks all residents for their very responsible actions and sensible compliance with all State and Federal Government Covid-19 directions.

“I remind everyone to refer to the information on updated restrictions, particularly guidelines on gatherings, provided by the State Government’s lead agency Queensland Health, during this pandemic.

For more information on updated Queensland Health Guidelines on the easing of restrictions go to www.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus.

TRC Water and Waste Portfolio Leader, Cr Nancy Sommerfield said Councils Dams are a valued recreational resource, and our outdoor spaces are highly prized and well used by residents and visitors.

“The provision of safe and secure water supply is one of Council’s top responsibilities,” Cr Sommerfield said.

“Council monitors the three dams weekly for algae and numerous microbiological parameters including E.coli. We also test chemical parameters such as iron, manganese, alkalinity, hardness, ammonia, nitrate, colour, turbidity and phosphate.

“The treatment process is also closely monitored (daily). When the water leaves the treatment plant, Council conducts tests in the distribution system under our Drinking Water Quality Management Plans.

“These plans line up with the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008.

“Even if we are not using a particular dam, but a test shows that levels are too high for primary contact (swimming) or secondary contact (boating) we inform Council’s Parks and Recreation Services branch about closing a facility to the public.

“If you are using any of Council’s park or recreation areas, please act responsibly, while taking advantage of the beautiful surrounds of our many open spaces.

Perseverance Dam is open for picnicking and water skiing for members of the Perseverance Aquatic Club. Cooby Dam remains closed to the public.

To view activities open or closed at the dams, please visit www.tr.qld.gov.au/damstatus