Recreational users can now better access Leslie Dam at low-water levels following the completion of a new boat ramp.  Sunwater and Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) constructed the new ramp below the fish stocking shed along Saddledam Road to allow for boats to be launched when dam storage is as low as nine per cent.

Sunwater General Manager South John Kelly said recent dry conditions had provided an opportunity to build the ramp at the dam. “We are very pleased that Leslie Dam has received some inflows in the most recent rainfall event raising the volume storage to 18.7 per cent of capacity,” he said. “This great news for the Warwick community and we are hopeful for some further inflows. Construction of the boat ramp during the low water levels provided an opportunity to be able work with council on new ideas and options for the community and with the recent inflows the new boat ramp now extends underwater for at least 30 metres out into the lake.”

The ramp is 140 metres long and six metres wide and was built with flexible concrete mattresses. An existing bitumen road was also extended to provide access to the ramp.  Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie said the installation of the new ramp was made possible thanks to several community stakeholders.  “The dam’s ski, sailing and fishing clubs all provided invaluable input into the project,” Mayor Tracy Dobie said. “Council is pleased this new ramp, which is the fourth on the dam, will improve accessibility for users.”

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