Andrew Gale with his daughter Amy at one of the boat ramps which is only accessible when Leslie Dam is at about 25 per cent.
Andrew Gale with his daughter Amy at one of the boat ramps which is only accessible when Leslie Dam is at about 25 per cent.

Boaties left high and dry

ROSE City boaties are being encouraged to take action in an attempt to improve the facilities at Leslie Dam.

AG Boat Licensing owner Andrew Gale approached the Daily News in December 2008 regarding problems with the boat ramps at the dam and, 18 months later, the boat ramp still doesn't lead into the water.

While the dam currently sits at 15 per cent, the closest boat ramp sits at the 25 per cent level, so boaties need to launch their boats into the water through the dirt and mud and hope they can get out afterwards.

“I have a 4WD and I have to pull people out all the time,” Mr Gale said.

Transport and Main Roads is undertaking a statewide study – the Recreational Boating Facilities Demand Forecasting Study – to determine future recreational boating needs and they are seeking input from boaties in the Southern region, which includes Warwick.

Mr Gale is appealing to all residents to fill in the survey and show Leslie Dam is a major recreational boating area which needs an accessible boat ramp.

“What they need to do is build another boat ramp that extends down to the 10 per cent level,” he said.

“I am really calling on people to get motivated and take part in this study and tell them we deserve better.”

As a part of their annual registration fees boaties pay an additional percentage for facilities. Leslie Dam boaties have not seen any improvements since the 90s.

Mr Gale said the Department of Transport and Main Roads, SunWater and the Southern Downs Regional Council should work together.

“People are launching all over the place, which can't be helping the waterway either,” he said.

“The dam water rising is a bygone era. It won't ever rise to 100 per cent again.”

He said the 15 per cent level was great for recreation and all boaties wanted was better facilities, especially considering they were paying for facilities in their registration fees.

A Transport and Main Roads spokesman said they shared the responsibility with partners such as local government authorities to manage and provide recreational boating facilities throughout the state.

While residents' input into the survey will help assess future demand, consideration will be also be given to facility location, environmental constraints and opportunities, seasonal and holiday demand fluctuations, and the nature of recreational boating in the area.

The spokesman said stakeholder and community input is a vital part of the study.

All recreational boaties and interested community members are encouraged to provide comment by completing the online survey at www.msq.qld.gov.au or by contacting the study team on 1800086640.



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