PLANNING A SWIM: President of the Builyan and Many Peaks Community Development Association, Frank McKee, with Barb McKee at Many Peaks Dam, Boyne Valley.
PLANNING A SWIM: President of the Builyan and Many Peaks Community Development Association, Frank McKee, with Barb McKee at Many Peaks Dam, Boyne Valley. Nicky Moffat

Local’s desperation builds for reopening of dam

BOYNE Valley residents want the Many Peaks Dam, which was closed following the amalgamation of Calliope, Gladstone and Miriam Vale Shire Councils, re-opened for all to enjoy.

The dam, located past the Grand Hotel on the Gladstone to Monto Rd, was built to service steam engines on the nearby railway and has provided water to the local township of Many Peaks since it opened in 1912.

The tranquil, lush site was a popular place for social gatherings, according to Builyan resident Barb McKee.

"We just want passive enjoyment," said Builyan and Many Peaks Community Development Association president, Frank McKee.

The bird life and other natural values of the area were highly valued and needed to remain protected, he said.

Residents have asked Gladstone Regional Council to install a picnic table and toilet, and provide more regular slashing of the nearby roadside to encourage visitors to stop, Mr McKee said.

This would have flow-on effects for local businesses, which were discussed at last week's Councillor Connect meeting with Gladstone region councillor Col Chapman.

But Mr McKee said he was becoming desperate, after discussions with the Gladstone Regional Council about the need to re-open the dam have gone on for years.

"There's a fair chance a bloke might be dead and gone before his dream is realised," he said.

Gladstone Regional Council's parks and recreation portfolio spokesperson, Graham McDonald, said an audit of the road accessing the Many Peaks Dam would need to be completed and signage adjusted before the site could be reopened.