The Gordonbrook Dam is again open for fishing, birdwatching and limited boating activity.
The Gordonbrook Dam is again open for fishing, birdwatching and limited boating activity. Contributed

Recreational activities back on

THE GORDONBROOK Dam has reopened to the public this week as the levels of blue-green algae have dropped to moderate levels.

The South Burnett Regional Council has reopened the dam to allow limited boating and recreation.

Electric-motorised boats with a maximum of six knots and man-powered vessels - such as kayaks and canoes - will be allowed to use the dam, but ski boats, jet skis and other fuel-powered boats have not been given the green light.

South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Wayne Kratzmann said blue-green algae had been a problem at the dam for a long time, but water from the dam was safe to drink from the tap.

"The good news is the dam levels have gone from high to moderate," he said.

"It's the main source of town water for Kingaroy and it goes through the water treatment plant before coming into town.

"We try to let people use the dam for recreational sports, but we don't want people swimming or drinking directly from the dam."

Cr Kratzmann said the council monitors the water in the dam on a weekly basis.

Gordonbrook Dam sometimes experiences high levels of the different types of blue-green algae and - depending on conditions - it is necessary to close the dam to reduce human contact with the water, where moderate to high algae levels increase health risks.

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