Water Corporation has warned people to keep clear of the restricted areas around the Kununurra Diversion Dam Bridge.

Water Corporation North West Regional Manager Rino Trolio said entering the restricted areas was dangerous and could lead to serious injury or even death.

“People are not permitted on the banks of the Ord River or on the Ord River itself, even in boats, within the restricted zone because of the risk posed by the fast-flowing water,” Mr Trolio said.

“Signs and marker buoys clearly mark the restricted areas, which include the entire Kununurra Diversion Dam wall, as well as sections of river extending 100 metres upstream and 200 metres downstream of the dam.

 “We have installed a fence to keep people out of the restricted zone on the banks of the Ord River because of the risk posed by water discharged from the open dam gates.

“People who choose to jump the fence and stand or fish on the banks of the river can easily be swept into the turbulent water.

“We do not want any member of the community, whether they are fishing or simply sightseeing, to put themselves at risk.”

Water Corporation will refer people found inside the restricted zone to the police, who have the authority to charge offenders with trespassing.

For more information on the restricted zone around the Kununurra Diversion Dam, contact Communications Coordinator Sandy Hooft (08) 9186 8266.

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Contact: Sandy Hooft

Position: Communications Coordinator North West

Phone: (08) 9186 8266