Public comment sought on aquatic use on Wellington Dam

Have your say: The Department of Transport are proposing changes of aquatic use on the Wellington Dam. Photo: supplied.

Have your say: The Department of Transport are proposing changes of aquatic use on the Wellington Dam. Photo: supplied.

FEEDBACK from the community is now being sought as the Department of Transport reviews the use of aquatics on Collie's Wellington Dam.

As part of the department's, 'Wellington Dam Aquatic Use Review', changes proposed include both the removal of and limiting access to the existing water ski area at the dam, to allow electric powered, sail and paddle craft.

The Department of Transport director of waterways and safety management Chris Mather said the proposals were the result of consultation with key stakeholders, including the Shire of Collie, Harvey Water and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

"There is stakeholder support for the removal of water skiing at Wellington Dam following the gazettal of Lake Kepwari for water skiing last July and the continued additional availability of nearby Glen Mervyn Dam for the activity," Mr Mather said.

"Stakeholders want to preserve the area's natural amenity by preventing the use of motorised vessels with combustible engines at Wellington Dam and restricting use to only electric powered, sail and paddle craft."

In 2014 when the Wellington Dam water ski area was gazetted, the department committed to undertake an aquatic use review if water skiing was given the green light at nearby Lake Kepwari.

Mr Mather said feedback from regular users of the dam and the broader public was important and the review process ensured changes to the use of the dam reflected community views.

"While the purpose of every review is to ensure the safe, equitable and sustainable use of a waterway, our considerations also include the opinions of the community," Mr Mather said.

To make a comment on the proposals or participate in a survey about the changes, visit https://dotwagov.com/WellingtonDam-AUR.

Comment on the proposals will close on December 17.