Keep safe on the water this Easter
WARNINGS often follow tragedies and after an 18-year-old died during an incident at Leslie Dam this month, Andrew Gale’s message is sadly no different.
Mr Gale, the new Warwick and District Community Road Safety Group secretary, said he wanted holidaymakers to be safe while having fun at Leslie Dam this Easter.
He felt the safety warning needed to be highlighted after Joshua Anderson, from Kingsthorpe, died after falling off the back of a boat trailer as it was being towed from the water to the camping grounds.
“It’s a recreation area – when these tragedies happen, it’s even worse as people are trying to have fun and something like that happens,” Mr Gale said.
“We all heard about the accident and were terribly sad about it and wanted to increase the message and remind people to be safe in and around the water.”
Mr Gale, along with Washpool Camping Reserve manager Peter Guy, spends a lot of time at the dam and knows the dangers of the area when driving.
“People need to remember this area (Leslie Dam) is still a public area where the same road rules apply,” Mr Guy told the Daily News.
“The whole area has a 20kmh speed limit.”
Mr Guy will manage the park as he does every holiday to ensure campers are obeying the laws and staying safe.
“There are extra rostered areas from police over Easter and we have extra staff and security over the weekend,” Mr Guy said.
He said he understood it was a time when people just wanted to have fun, but warned residents couldn’t afford to slip with the rules and had to remain responsible at all times.
Mr Gale, who runs boat and jet ski training at the dam, said since the water had been low for a long period of time, the tracks around the dam had increased. He said they were all in terrible shape and could catch people unaware.
After 18 years with the police force including the water police, Mr Gale has attended a lot of tragedies and for a water area which supports at least 200,000 people, he said Rose City’s tourist drawcard could expect more incidents if people weren’t careful.
“One tragedy is one too many and just look at how easily these things can happen to you and change your life forever,” Mr Gale said.
The new executives elected at the Warwick and District Community Road Safety Group 2010 AGM held Tuesday night are:
Chairman - Graham Buchner
Deputy chairman - Frank Murphy
Secretary - Andrew Gale
Treasurer - David Kemp
Visit www.warwickroad safe.com for more information on road safety.