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Ask RiotACT: Pier usage at Kingston foreshore

By MochaMan - 3 August 2016 7

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Hi,

Does anyone have any ideas on what the final use will be for the piers at the Kingston Foreshore and who will have access? What thoughts do others have on the subject?

I had read another article about electric boats possibly being used and a comment on who would fund the power.

As a resident there I would not be against public AND private boats having access to those piers as it would certainly enliven the precinct and be a good thing for those that live there and those that visit from elsewhere in Canberra.

I like the current use from time to time of one Pier as a band Platform.  You could open up one or others as extensions of a cafe platform perhaps with tables and lower fencing surrounds on the extremities of the pier, some shade umbrellas ……..?

Some caveats on boat usage would obviously entail;

  • Numbers / Types / Motor types (Possibly electric as mentioned elsewhere).
  • Noise limits.
  • Hours of use.
  • Conditions of use.
  • Maybe access to some with a structured payment, rostering or booking system to ensure fair use for all the public.

It was mentioned about who would foot the bill for power, perhaps a terminal set up as user pays for specific times/access to power.

If all the piers or most of them were opened up for public use by all Canberrans the pier cost would be a public expense, but installed power points could be dealt with differently.

I think it would be a good thing to increase the liveability of that area and provide usage options that could benefit all, not just those of us that live there.

Also perhaps some kind of jet, water feature as a centre piece in that area for tourism and also as an aeration device for improving water quality.  This could be expanded more than just the current large one being used as the megabit up near the bridge.

Not against those piers being opened up for everybody.

What does everyone think?

What’s Your opinion?


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7 Responses to
Ask RiotACT: Pier usage at Kingston foreshore
greenbamboo 10:37 am 30 Aug 16

I think some residents had issues with that..:/

dungfungus 12:25 pm 06 Aug 16

pink little birdie said :

JC said :

They’ve already had commercial boats moored there previously, although I remember the government rejecting the idea of a working harbour because it would be too noisy for residents. LOL.

They rejected a dry dock being put there for maintenance, not commercial use.

The piers are more than just decoration, my understanding is one of them is set up for fuelling. I can definitely see it becoming a tourist thing if there’s a couple of points of interest on the north side of the lake. And the rowers already give the harbour frequent use, you see them hop off the boat and go in for coffee, but of course they use the lower level boardwalk tie ups.

For now though probably more about setting a theme and being art, just like the mini Sydney Harbour Bridge and row of lookouts shaped like ship hulls.

…and maybe (for the kiddies) some of those giant white swan paddle boats like they had at Australia Park in Watson?

creative_canberran 1:51 am 06 Aug 16

JC said :

They’ve already had commercial boats moored there previously, although I remember the government rejecting the idea of a working harbour because it would be too noisy for residents. LOL.

They rejected a dry dock being put there for maintenance, not commercial use.

The piers are more than just decoration, my understanding is one of them is set up for fuelling. I can definitely see it becoming a tourist thing if there’s a couple of points of interest on the north side of the lake. And the rowers already give the harbour frequent use, you see them hop off the boat and go in for coffee, but of course they use the lower level boardwalk tie ups.

For now though probably more about setting a theme and being art, just like the mini Sydney Harbour Bridge and row of lookouts shaped like ship hulls.

chewy14 3:34 pm 05 Aug 16

They’ve already had commercial boats moored there previously, although I remember the government rejecting the idea of a working harbour because it would be too noisy for residents. LOL.

dungfungus 11:28 am 05 Aug 16

dungfungus said :

er, I guess the piers can be used by all those boats that have draft of about 8 inches or less and can navigate the waters of East Basin.
I think you’ll need to accept that all the waterway decoration at Kingston foreshore has no functional purpose.

Damn!
I was planning a water taxi service for the transit hipsters.

switch 8:16 am 05 Aug 16

dungfungus said :

er, I guess the piers can be used by all those boats that have draft of about 8 inches or less and can navigate the waters of East Basin.

My canoe just scrapes in, then!

I think you’ll need to accept that all the waterway decoration at Kingston foreshore has no functional purpose.

More form without function.

HenryBG 11:20 pm 04 Aug 16

er, I guess the piers can be used by all those boats that have draft of about 8 inches or less and can navigate the waters of East Basin.
I think you’ll need to accept that all the waterway decoration at Kingston foreshore has no functional purpose.

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