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Cotter campground closed for most of summer

By johnboy - 5 October 2010 7

The Department of Territory and Municipal Services has announced they’re shutting down the much loved cotter campground over summer to make sure it is perfectly enjoyed when open:

Closed from Monday 11 October to Friday 24 December 2010 inclusive, and again from Tuesday 4 January to Tuesday 31 May 2011

Since work began on the Enlarged Cotter Dam project in December 2009, the Department of Territory and Municipal Services and ACTEW Corporation have endeavoured to maintain public access to the popular recreational areas in the Cotter precinct, including the campground. However, with a 24 hour-a-day construction schedule commencing from Monday 11 October 2010 for approximately eight months, the campground will be closed to ensure the visitor experience is not impacted by the increasing level of noise and activity. Rangers will regularly patrol the area to prevent unauthorised access.

There’s a list of suggested alternatives if you follow the link.

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Cotter campground closed for most of summer
LSWCHP 10:40 pm 26 May 11

grunge_hippy said :

I’ve never understood the appeal of the cotter campground. If you are that close to home, why not just go home for the night?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a camper, we go camping quite regularly, but not that close to home. I would much rather sleep in my own bed if I was 15 mins from my house.

I guess people from interstate come too, but I know it was popular for many locals.

I took my family out there last year for an overnight weekend camp, and we went for a stroll in the night. My pre-teen boys who will happily walk the dog around the suburb with me in the night were really scared by the strange environment and darkness. I’m going to do in again in a few weeks to help them get used to it. It’s a convenient low-risk place to introduce little grommets to the great outdoors.

Mullet 9:40 pm 26 May 11

grunge_hippy said :

I’ve never understood the appeal of the cotter campground. If you are that close to home, why not just go home for the night?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a camper, we go camping quite regularly, but not that close to home. I would much rather sleep in my own bed if I was 15 mins from my house.

I guess people from interstate come too, but I know it was popular for many locals.

That close proximity is part of the appeal, you can get close to nature at the drop of a hat, cheaply.

Same goes for Namadgi and Tidbinbilla, part of Canberra’s appeal.

Mr Evil 10:36 pm 05 Oct 10

People from Hackett should be allowed to stay out there during the 24hr construction work, so they can become used to the sound of machinery – that way it won’t seem so bad when they have MD-11s and 747s screaming ’30ft’ over their roofs at 2am when Canberra ‘International’ Airport’s new mega cargo facility kicks in.

🙂

grumpyrhonda 7:44 pm 05 Oct 10

Damn! I had organised a big BBQ day with a lot of friends for the end of November. Now we are going to have to find an alternative.

p1 5:15 pm 05 Oct 10

However, with a 24 hour-a-day construction schedule commencing from Monday 11 October 2010 for approximately eight months, the campground will be closed to ensure the visitor experience is not impacted by the increasing level of noise and activity.

As deye says, why not just put up a sign? This is like closing a road so people won’t complain about potholes.

deye 4:18 pm 05 Oct 10

geesh, they should just leave it open and put a notice that there will be 24 noise and activity. That way if you don’t care about the noise you can still stay there.

grunge_hippy 3:52 pm 05 Oct 10

I’ve never understood the appeal of the cotter campground. If you are that close to home, why not just go home for the night?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a camper, we go camping quite regularly, but not that close to home. I would much rather sleep in my own bed if I was 15 mins from my house.

I guess people from interstate come too, but I know it was popular for many locals.

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