SDRC to consider support for $60k dam upgrade
A DECADE of campaigning by the Warwick Fish Stocking Association may finally pay off, as improvements for Leslie Dam enter the council's agenda.
New low water boat ramps have been recommended to the Southern Downs Regional Council, with approval pending at the upcoming meeting on Wednesday.
In the $60,000 funding proposal, half would be provided by the council and the other half from water services corporation SunWater.
The ramps would allow boaters to access the dam safely without having to drive their vehicles into the water.
Warwick District Recreational Fish Stocking Association secretary treasurer Ed Kemp said the ramps would help grow the dam's tourism value.
"Leslie Dam has the highest fish growth rates up to the age of two out of all dams in Australia, it is a huge fishing destination,” he said.
Mr Kemp said the lack of low water ramp access makes it risky for boaters to get their vehicles floating without being bogged.
"We have been pushing for this for 15 years so it is marvellous to see it might finally be happening, Warwick is catching up with everyone else.”
Councillor Rod Kelly said the dam's current low water levels provided the perfect opportunity to install the ramps.
With his background in tourism, Cr Kelly played an integral part in advocating for Leslie Dam's improvements.
"I started advocating for these improvements early in my tenure with the Council, it has been a matter of persistence,” Cr Kelly said.
He said the economic benefits Leslie Dam brings to Warwick are felt by the entire community. "The murray cod and golden perch which the association stock the dam with are popular catches,” he said.
"I took my grandkids there to catch cod over Easter, it is an important place for Warwick families.”