HIT A SNAG: Lake Borumba Fish Stocking Association president Don MacAulay says an ongoing conflict with Seqwater has left the group's days numbered.
HIT A SNAG: Lake Borumba Fish Stocking Association president Don MacAulay says an ongoing conflict with Seqwater has left the group's days numbered. Arthur Gorrie

Borumba faces fish-less future over dam stocking battle

FISH could soon be a memory at Lake Borumba with a planning conflict between Seqwater and the Fish Stocking Association threatening the future of the not-for-profit group.

The two groups' dispute is centred on the old fish hatchery building which members have used for overnight stays.

Seqwater has banned this until necessary fire safety and waste water upgrades have been made.

LBFSA president Don MacAulay said efforts to "comply with the demands" had been fruitless and now it was left with "no other option other than to officially begin to wind down our operations".

 

Over 19,000 Silver Perch fingerlings were released into Lake Borumba on Thursday morning by members of the Lake Borumba Fish Stocking Group.      Photo: Greg Miller / Gympie Times
Fingerlings. Greg Miller

This motion is expected to be made at an upcoming special meeting.

If this happens, he said fish would be hard to find at the dam in three years' time, and in six years "it would be a case of bring your own fish".

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A Seqwater spokesman said it strongly supports the LBFSA's work and has been working to fix the building's problems.

"Based on advice from council that the building was not fit for overnight stays, LBFSA members have been asked to cease overnight stays until the necessary works have been completed.

 

An early start on a misty morning at Lake Borumba.
Lake Borumba. Arthur Gorrie

"We continue to support the LBFSA's use of the shed to store equipment and to hold its meetings.

"Temporary alternative accommodation is available at the nearby Borumba camp grounds."

Mr MacAulay said this had been ruled out for medical reasons.

He said committee members "are mostly self-funded retirees" aged well into their 60s at least.

 

Minister Mark Furner releases Mary River Cod fingerlings into Borumba Dam.
Minister Mark Furner releases Mary River Cod fingerlings into Borumba Dam. Contributed

"Several have CPAP (electronic breathing aids) and the campgrounds do not have easy-enough access to power," he said.

He said the issue was not with Gympie Regional Council or the Ministers, but solely with bureaucrats.

Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said he hoped the LBFSA "will continue to work with SEQ Water and the Council to continue this work for many years to come".