News / Community / Sport / 2nd December 2020
Recreational use of timor Dam?
Opening Timor Dam to the public for recreational use has been a conversation bandied about for years, but with increasing community support the idea will soon be presented to Warrumbungle Shire Council.
As Coonabarabran’s main catchment, Timor Dam has made headlines in recent years as water levels dropped below 20 per cent.
Having now returned to capacity, councillor Ray Lewis, is keen to highlight the potential uses of Timor Dam.
Cr Lewis has submitted a Notice of Motion to Council concerning the recreational use of Timor Dam.
“We’re not talking power or motor boats, we’re talking about fishing, bushwalking, paddle boarding and canoeing,” Cr Lewis said.
“It’s been talked about for years and I’m sure that with some successful grant funding, we could really take advantage of Timor Dam’s proximity to town.
“At the moment, and especially during this hot weather, local people are travelling to Lake Keepit and even further every weekend just to be on the water.
“And Timor Dam is just sitting there not being used.”
Located only 14 kilometres from town, the Coonabarabran Fishing Club has already shown support for the idea.
Cr Lewis said water was an important part of recreation and leisure.
“There is a definite need in the community for something like this,” he said.
“Not only will our local community be able to use the reservoir for fun, it is an added experience for visitors to our area.
“And it’s a good way to cool down in summer!
“Maybe one day we will have our own Lake Timor?”