Reservoir water levels a concern for local groups

Maryborough Water Ski Club president Mick Collicoat is calling on council to better maintain the water level in the Goldfields Reservoir to ensure local clubs and residents can make full use of it.

Concerns around water levels and future use of the Goldfields Reservoir have continued to trouble locals, with resident Mick Collicoat calling for action as water levels continue to drop.

Many local clubs have a vested interest in the reservoir including the Maryborough Angling Club, which has kept it stocked with fish.

The Maryborough and District Triathlon Club also makes the most of the reservoir but this year has had to cancel its annual Ramp to Ripples Open Water Swim, scheduled for this weekend, due to low water levels.

Mr Collicoat is president of the Maryborough Water Ski Club, which has been unable to use the reservoir for around four years, and said maintaining it should be a priority for council.

“This is the driest I’ve seen it since it was drained quite a few years ago to reinforce the wall. It’s a shame because it’s a real asset for Maryborough,” he said.

“It used to be really popular but now all the local kids and families are missing out.

“It should be a priority to keep water in it. It doesn’t have to be potable water, it can be bore water which is fine for recreational uses.”

Mr Collicoat said the reservoir has a proud history with water skiers and other water-based activities after the local water ski club started up in the 1960s.

For more on this story see Page 6 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, February 11

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