Water skis are high and dry at Borumba Dam thanks to a blue-green algae bloom.
Water skis are high and dry at Borumba Dam thanks to a blue-green algae bloom. Contributed

Algal bloom takes over Lake Borumba

SWIMMERS have been banned from Lake Borumba until further notice following a blue-green algal bloom.

Borumba Fishing and Outdoors owner Graeme Rummler said the closure was imposed 6am yesterday.

Locals now hope for rain to "freshen" the dam and reduce the bacteria's presence.

Seqwater team members will continue to monitor the water quality; however the lake will remain closed to all primary contact activities until further notice to protect swimmers from health risks that can lead to headaches, nausea, muscular pains, diarrhoea and gastroenteritis.

Boating, kayaking, canoeing and sailing can still be undertaken. Mr Rummler said the temporary closure would have some impact on local businesses as tourists waited to head back into the water.

Mr Rummler, who has owned the Imbil shop for six years, could recall a similar lake closure three years ago and said it then too had "some impact on the area, but nothing major".

He said a total closure of Borumba Dam would have much more severe consequences for the area.

Gympie Times


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