Hot conditions and a water level not seen for a number of years has seen a healthy spike in visitors over the Christmas and New Year period at Wyangala Dam, according to park manager James Armstrong.
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Despite the blue-green algae warning in recent weeks, which didn’t impact the main recreational areas, the campsite at Wyangala welcomed a couple of thousand extra day-visitors compared with the same period last year.
One of the main reasons why numbers have risen could be the new camp kitchen that was completed in 2016 and has been “well received by all the guys camping,” Mr Armstrong said.
Last month a red alert warning for blue and green algae in the Wyangala reservoirs was issued but has since been lifted, as Mr Armstrong assures that the swimming area is safe.
“Our regular visitors that come out to the dam understand that the alert only applies to certain areas of the dam and not where they’re swimming,” Mr Armstrong said.
He added the alert may have had an impact on potential new customers visitors Wyangala if they didn’t realise the algae wasn’t a problem in the main swimming areas.
“We tried to mitigate that (concern) a fair bit by speaking out about it,” Mr Armstrong added.
Whilst improved weather conditions and a near capacity water level have lead to increased visitor numbers over the Christmas and New Year period Mr Armstrong believes a statewide five year strategic plan for all crown land parks will see numbers increase even further in future years.
“The plan is happening across all crown land park, starting on the north coast,” Mr Armstrong said.
“From then they’ll move down to all the inland parks so we’re looking at development across the board and all facilities (at Wyangala).
“A waste water treatment plan has been approved for the Wyangala township.
“And an upgraded sewage facility should (also) be happening this year.”
“The campsite in general is also set for minor upgrades, and to “tidy up the place,” Armstrong added.
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