It’s time to hitch up the boat as the gates to regional dams and recreational areas are open in time for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, as COVID-19 lockdown restrictions continue to ease.

NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said WaterNSW had opened their picnic and barbecue areas, walking tracks and public toilets to dams like Keepit, Chaffey and Split Rock for day use only.

“This is great news for those people who are looking forward to enjoying some of the great outdoors or catching with family for a day on the water,” Mr Anderson said.

“In my region, we have some great spots on the shores of Chaffey, Keepit or Split Rock to appreciate and I want people to use and enjoy these areas after a very difficult period of social restrictions.

“But I also want to urge people who are making the most of this opportunity, to do this responsibly.

“WaterNSW are committed to maintaining regular cleaning schedules, however it’s recommended visitors take their own hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes to ensure all surfaces, including toilets, basins, benches, tables and BBQs are properly cleaned prior to use.

“I really want to encourage locals to continue to maintain safety and wellbeing as essential to everything they’re doing.”

The safety and wellbeing of employees and visitors remains the top priority and the public are ask to follow best practice, including:

  • Practising social distancing and keeping 1.5 metres away from each other;
  • Frequently wash hands with soap or use hand sanitiser;
  • Wipe down public surfaces, for examples toilet seats, benches, tables and BBQs, with appropriate cleaners before using;
  • Keep group numbers consistent with COVID-19 advice from the NSW Government. Visit nsw.gov.au or call 13 77 88 for more information.