October 14, 2020
Visitor numbers at the South Burnett’s two dams boomed in September, and show no signs of slowing down.
Cr Kathy Duff told Wednesday’s South Burnett Regional Council meeting that following her report about a 53 per cent increase in dam occupancy numbers in August, visitor numbers had continued to rise.
Lake Boondooma Tourist Park hosted 1945 visitors in September, a 132 per cent increase on the 836 visitors it hosted during the same month a year ago.
And Yallakool hosted 1309 visitors – 88 per cent more than the 694 it hosted last September.
During the past month Council staff have been kept busy preparing both parks for the coming storm season, cleaning out gutters at both parks and carrying out tree maintenance.
Magpie warning signs have also been erected.
To ensure visitor safety, regular cleaning and disinfecting is also continuing to be undertaken by staff at both parks.
Cr Duff noted that during recent months Boondooma Dam had catered to two fishing competitions and Yallakool will host a concert featuring Troy Cassar-Daley on November 14.
However, the ongoing rise in visitor numbers appeared to be stimulated by other factors.
“With the COVID-19 border restrictions (still in place), it seems more Queenslanders are rediscovering our fantastic region!” Cr Duff said.
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