THE recreation area and boat ramp at Lenthall’s Dam have reopened following the recent flooding.
Deputy Mayor Darren Everard said the dam was a fantastic recreational facility for those who enjoy camping, fishing, boating and kayaking.
However, Cr Everard reminded people to remain out of the spillway exclusion zone.
“Lenthalls Dam has regularly risen above 100 per cent in recent weeks as a result of the significant rain we have received,” Cr Everard said.
“The area below the spillway remains off limits as high volumes of water can be released rapidly when the dam gates operate automatically.
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“There is a well signed exclusion zone extending 400 metres downstream of the spillway to prevent people from being injured or drowned. Unfortunately, some members of the public continue to ignore public safety advice and are willing to risk their lives just to go fishing.
“This reckless behaviour is not on. Council will be using powers under our local laws to close the area below Lenthalls Dam spillway to public access with rangers to conduct patrols and issue fines of up to $275.”
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While the area is already sign-posted, Council will be installing additional signage in the coming weeks to warn that fines will apply for unauthorised access.
You can watch a video of the of how fast water can flow over the spillway and into the exclusion zone by clicking here.
Click the link for more information on Lenthalls Dam and the different recreational activities available.
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