Long-awaited council project finally unveiled
YEARS of campaigning finally paid off today at the official opening of the Leslie Dam boat ramp.
The $130,000 project on Saddle Dam Rd, jointly funded by Southern Downs Regional Council and Sunwater, has been a long time coming, according to fish stockist Ed Kemp.
“This has been something the Warwick Fish Stocking Association has been pushing for, for decades,” he said.
“We’ve run up against roadblocks with finances but council, mayors have all lobbied for financial assistance over the years.”
Mr Kemp said he’s pleased it finally came to fruition.
“It was due to an unwillingness I think, for Sunwater and council to get together,” he said.
The Southern Downs Regional Council praised boating, sailing and fishing clubs for their “invaluable input” in the new 140 metre long, six metre wide ramp.
“I think the willingness became more apparent when they realised a recreational fishing area like Leslie Dam can bring in tourism dollars,” Mr Kemp said.
“I think it’s marvellous, look at the parking, it’s safe!
“And now you can just drive off the side and go fishing.”
Leslie Meiklejohn OAM, founding member of the association, was there to cut the ribbon on the dam.
“It’s great to finally see the ramp over on the other side and I would like to see a few more come in,” he said.
The dam was constructed below the fish-stocking shed during the last couple months which was said to be the perfect opportunity', given the dry conditions.
Mayor Tracy Dobie said after the last few weeks of rain, the dam was at a perfect level to officially open the ramp.
“As you can see, the dam has increased dramatically in its water storage over the last few weeks so we’re up at almost 19 per cent when it was only about 2 per cent a few weeks ago,” she said.
“The dam now looks absolutely spectacular and it's really important to continue with the economic development,” she said.
“We encourage people to come down and use the dam for fishing or water sports from all over Queensland.”