Filthy Queanbeyan drops crap into our lake.

johnboy 2 October 2008 24

[First filed: September 12, 2008 @ 15:37]

The NCA are informing us that sewage has overflowed into the Queanbeyan River and from thence into our Lake Burley Griffin.

    Bacterial sampling and testing is underway.

    Lake user groups have been notified of the leak.

    At this stage, there is no need to close Lake Burley Griffin. The NCA will continue to closely monitor water quality throughout the lake, and provide updates as results become available.

UPDATED: The NCA now advise that the lake is no worse than usual.


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ant ant 9:52 pm 02 Oct 08

Go down to where the Molonglo starts to become the lake, and have a sniff at the mud. That’ll tell you what’s going on.

I haven’t swum in the Lake since 82, when we paddled kayaks down from the Oaks Estate low level crossing (had to carry the kayaks over fields of stones, the river was LOW as 82 was a big drought). As we got down near the Lake beginnings, the stench was appalling, with the pipe from Harman and the pipe from the abattoir (yes we had one of those then) were evident and stinky. In those days something from Duntroon was going down too, they had a light that’d go on when a lot of nasty stuff was going in.

Haven’t swum in the yucky thing since.

skaboy12 skaboy12 3:48 pm 02 Oct 08

So now the lake is full of sh!t, just like the politicians and public servants who sit there and look at it all day are anyway.

The sewerage is probably cleaner then the water in the lake anyway.

ant ant 10:10 pm 17 Sep 08

I know it’s not a treatment plant! It’s a closed tank.

Knows Best Knows Best 9:34 pm 17 Sep 08

Ant…..that’s good, then you would know that across from the caravan park is not a sewerage treatment plant but a pumping station that pumps to Oaks Estate. When the river is not flowing the river water next to the weir has the least oxygen coz by the time it travels down the river it is biologically consumed and this creates the pongy smell around the weir and upstream from the weir. The old pumping station had bio filters that sanitised any odours.

ant ant 11:42 pm 16 Sep 08

No I won’t. I’ll be drinking my very, very big tank. The results of my miniture poo farm goes onto the trees.

And it’s very suss that it gets stinky right at that spot, but no where else, yet Googong ostensibly affects the entire river. So for years I thought it was the dodgey septics at the caravan park, until I saw what they were building/altering across the road. I know a sewerage plant when I see one.

Knows Best Knows Best 10:53 pm 16 Sep 08

Ant………..the river gets a little pongy coz there is a bloody big dam upstream (Googong) that stops all environmental flows into the river. There are no septic tanks in Queanbeyan and the work opposite the caravan park is a $8m sewage pumping station. All sewage is treated at the Sewerage Treatment Plant at Oaks Estate and produces one of the highest quality effluents in Australia. It has too coz it flows into Lake Burley Griffin.

Anyway you shouldn’t worry about Queanbeyan’s sewage too much in a few years you will be drinking the ACT’s!!

Granny Granny 10:39 am 15 Sep 08

They can’t even get this right, and we’re going to drink the stuff?!

Whatsup Whatsup 9:51 am 15 Sep 08

Knows Best said :

ACTEW have overflows into the lake all the time.

That’s different. ACT Sh*t doesn’t stink !

ant ant 9:42 am 15 Sep 08

I suspect that Qbn’s sewage has been doing this for many years. Have you ever driven around that low-level crossing (near the old Marco Polo Club) and smelt the pong, and assumed it was a dodgey septic in the caravan park there?

Well, if you’ve noticed the on-going works there with half the road closed off, what they’re mucking around with is the sewage plant! I don’t know what its role is in Qbn’s poo-works (I believe the main thing is over in the paddocks on the Oaks Estate side, near, ahem, the molonglo), but I bet that’s what’s been smelling terrible all these years.

At least they’re not chucking bodies in the river like they used to. Good way of freeing up space in the graveyard but not a sustainable method.

Knows Best Knows Best 11:11 pm 14 Sep 08

With so much crap in Lake Burley Griffin already who would notice a little more and btw I understand Telstra is being prosecuted for the major leak that happened 6 months ago…..so there!!

ACTEW have overflows into the lake all the time.

canberra towie canberra towie 8:42 pm 12 Sep 08

N.S.W. said :

tylersmayhem said :

That’s the last straw! I propose meeting at DFO at 9pm tonight armed with pitchforks and flaming torches and march down to settle this with Struggle Town once and for all!

Yeah, well….You just wait til our big brother (the rest of New South Wales) gets here…so there! 😉

LMFAO N.S.W touche

N.S.W. N.S.W. 7:28 pm 12 Sep 08

tylersmayhem said :

That’s the last straw! I propose meeting at DFO at 9pm tonight armed with pitchforks and flaming torches and march down to settle this with Struggle Town once and for all!

Yeah, well….You just wait til our big brother (the rest of New South Wales) gets here…so there! 😉

Granny Granny 5:26 pm 12 Sep 08

tylersmayhem said :

That’s the last straw! I propose meeting at DFO at 9pm tonight armed with pitchforks and flaming torches and march down to settle this with Struggle Town once and for all!

I’ll try [almost] anything once! Amazing though how one doesn’t seem to have these implements lying around the home when one needs them. As a community we have obviously grown soft. It’s back to vigilante posse bootcamp for us, I fear ….

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 5:19 pm 12 Sep 08

Ha ha – eat $hit!

peterh peterh 5:16 pm 12 Sep 08

Whatsup said :

Awwwgggh Crap !

We need recognise that as far as sh1t goes, Queanbeyan is doing it regularly. They must be eating enough roughage.

Does this mean that Captain Cooks water jet will be firing polly waffles up into the air ? Lets hope they don’t land amongst the Floriade crowds.

Gold!

LOL – really would like to see that!

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 5:12 pm 12 Sep 08

far sewage = raw sewage

Aurelius Aurelius 5:02 pm 12 Sep 08

Is this a Pangallo election stunt?

southeeplace southeeplace 4:23 pm 12 Sep 08

and what a fine lake it is. it would take many truckloads of excrement before anyone would notice.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 4:22 pm 12 Sep 08

That’s the last straw! I propose meeting at DFO at 9pm tonight armed with pitchforks and flaming torches and march down to settle this with Struggle Town once and for all!

tastyjam tastyjam 4:13 pm 12 Sep 08

working Australians said :

Whats a little extra raw sewage, it just contributes to the already large pile that makes up the ACT anyhow, a pimple on the backside of NSW

Pfft that’s stupid, pimples can be popped.

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