16 September 2022
At its Ordinary Meeting of Council on Wednesday 14 September 2022, Southern Downs Regional Council recognised the significant contribution and dedication of the Warwick Fish Stocking Association in improving the public amenity of Leslie Dam.
In acknowledging the association’s efforts through Council’s Recognition of Volunteers program, Southern Downs Councillor Andrew Gale said the committed team of volunteers go above and beyond their core business to have a positive impact on making the dam an inviting and much-loved recreational destination for locals and visitors.
“Leslie Dam is a popular spot for fishing and watersports, and while the association’s core business is stocking native fish fingerlings, it has also driven a number of key projects that have added greatly to the amenity of the site,” Councillor Gale said.
“One noteworthy project was the extensive clean-up of the foreshore along Saddle Dam Road to improve boating safety and minimise navigation hazards following the recent flood event.
“The association went through the comprehensive process of obtaining all the relevant permits before the area was tidied, selectively cleared and mowed so that visitors had ample space to enjoy our beautiful and now full dam.
“Further upgrades are continuing through the association and have included the installation of tables, bins and continued mowing.
“The association also undertook a massive fish stocking project in recent years, constructing nearly 700 fish habitats specifically for Murray cod – an iconic species to the area. This obviously took a lot of resources and manpower to facilitate, all done tirelessly by members of the association who have a genuine passion and desire to see the area flourish.
“I’m glad to note that these new habitats have been adopted by the cod who are successfully breeding in the dam.
“Congratulations to all the members of the Warwick Fish Socking Association for the fantastic and selfless contribution they make in creating a welcoming space for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. I look forward to seeing the certificate hanging proudly in the clubhouse in future.”
In addition to Murray cod, Leslie Dam is also home to golden and silver perch. In 2017/18, 133,928 golden perch, 15,010 Murray cod and 5,000 silver perch were stocked from permit sales. A total of 2,083,967 golden perch, 165,502 Murray cod and 274,000 silver perch have been stocked in Leslie Dam since the program began.
Last edited date 16 Sep 2022