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Hovercraft tours on Lake Burley Griffin?

By kingcosworth 12 January 2014 135

 I have a friend who is looking to expand his business by offering Hovercraft tours around Lake Burley Griffin.  It is felt that it would be a wonderful attraction for tourists and family outings.  A small Hovercraft will also add an interesting backdrop to the lake, which arguably can be perceived as fairly bland to a proportion of residents.  The Hovercraft is extremely quiet, as not to be intrusive to citizens not interested in such a form of entertainment, plus it will help utilize a fairly under used attraction of Canberra that is the lake.  It is felt by many that Canberra could use far more attractions than what is currently available, as long as they don’t impact on the day to day lives of other Canberra citizens.  As a result, such a venture can only make a percentage of Canberra citizens happier, and help tourism, bringing money into the capital, all of which is positive.  As for environmental impact, the same company has been approved for use at the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most beautiful and delicate natural structures in the world.

What do people think about the concept of Hovercraft tours on the lake? I’m very interested in people’s opinions plus  any opinion on adding even more eclectic forms of entertainment within the nations capital, so that a wider range of our citizens have the ability to enjoy themselves.  Over the years family events have been cancelled, but never replaced with an alternative.  Replacing said events can only make people and families happier, which can only benifit the city and people’s outlook on life!

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Henry82 11:47 pm 04 Apr 14

Just do it, then ask for permission later when it’s popular. Worked for the segway guy.

Sandman 9:26 pm 04 Apr 14

NoImRight said :

This is more of a Shelbyville idea

Queanbeville?

NoImRight 3:44 pm 04 Apr 14

This is more of a Shelbyville idea

gooterz 1:02 am 03 Apr 14

Holditz said :

The CT reports that the National Capital fun police have rejected kingcosworth’s application to provide hovercraft rides on the Lake, and every other authority has indicated that any other body of water is pretty much out of bounds.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-hovercraft-rides-rejected-by-national-capital-authority-20140401-35vhh.html

“”It promotes the ‘non-motorised’ recreational use of the lake, and ‘minimising the noise and disruption to the water surface’,” she said

Didn’t we get some devices specifically for disrupting the water surface?

Perhaps you should start a political party. The hover-bullet-motorist party.

Sandman 11:03 pm 01 Apr 14

Are they the same operators mentioned in the article? If so, the free rides for sick kids is a brilliant angle to tackle and set a precedent, but I’m glad the NCA saw through it. It makes no sense to whine about not being able to do an activity that the area isnt at all known for. There are plenty of other fun activities you can do for sick kids. There’s not a huge amount of kid interesting stuff to look at from the water and riding a hovercraft at slow speed would be like going on a week long snowboarding holiday to Corin Forest in September.

Burrinjuck isn’t that far away. Kids love bus rides.

Holditz 7:58 pm 01 Apr 14

The CT reports that the National Capital fun police have rejected kingcosworth’s application to provide hovercraft rides on the Lake, and every other authority has indicated that any other body of water is pretty much out of bounds.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-hovercraft-rides-rejected-by-national-capital-authority-20140401-35vhh.html

Postalgeek 10:57 am 24 Jan 14

kingcosworth said :

The response for the business in Hervey Bay has been fantastic, and fully approved by the council, including parking the craft on the beach next to the beach road, parking on Fraser Island and approval for use over the Great Barrier Reef. Pales a bit compared to trying to get approval on our lake. Both applications went in at the same time as well

I assume you realise that you are discussing two substantially different bodies of water, in size, character, and use. As far as LBG goes, it isn’t a large body of water, much of it is walled with limited beaching points, and it is ‘divided’; in the small East basin you have the hospice next to the only beach, residential foreshore, and the Molonglo with all the wildlife and kayakers so you’ll get complaints there. The western side is used by sailing and rowing clubs, so you might get complaints there. Which leaves the centre, which is the showcase of Canberra with all the gravitas that Australian institutions can muster, people saying ‘hows the serenity’, the main tourist bridge-to-bridge lake circuit, and the Carillon and people won’t thank you for that if you compete with it, so you can expect to get complaints there.

And as Holden points out, part of the attraction of a hovercraft, like jet boating, is speed. And that’s just not going to happen in a closed space like LBG. So you’ll have to go slow, and that’ll be like charging people to bungee off a one-story building. Best that people suspect that Canberra is Pissweak World rather than outright confirm it, certainly in regards to motorised water activities.

Maybe you’ll get it up, maybe it’ll be a wonderful addition to the lake and maybe it’ll get special dispensation like the Segways if you can demonstrate that it is safe and won’t impact on the enjoyment of other users, because that will be one of the main issues, but you’ll have your work cut out for you.

Thumper 8:33 am 24 Jan 14

I’m thinking that this thread is soon to be declared a hovermully, or a mullycraft…

kingcosworth 6:41 am 24 Jan 14

Holden Caulfield said :

When, or if, this hoverdream comes alive I’ll be surprised if it lasts 12 months in Canberra. Well, actually, given there’s a good 3-4 months where it will likely be too cold anyway, it may not even last that long.

It’s true Canberrans do seem to like the latest fad, and as much as I’d like to see more activity on the lake, I can’t really see a hovercraft ride at not many km/h around the relatively small and benign LBG providing much more than a fleeting desire for most of us.

It won’t be ranking at the top of must-do activities in Canberra for the majority of us anyway.

Hovercrafting needs more speed and more exciting places to explore, I think.

But please keep discussing the merits of this pipedream, this thread is giving more entertainment than putting around LBG in a hovercraft at half speed so as not to upset the wowsers could ever do.

You right, the business concept would be very seasonal in Canberra, which should at least help with the people who have issues with it for some reason. The initial concept is to use it in Hervey Bay for the two whale watching seasons, north and south. And due to family here in Canberra, LBG was added to the concept to keep the craft working pretty well all year round. The response for the business in Hervey Bay has been fantastic, and fully approved by the council, including parking the craft on the beach next to the beach road, parking on Fraser Island and approval for use over the Great Barrier Reef. Pales a bit compared to trying to get approval on our lake. Both applications went in at the same time as well

Holden Caulfield 12:01 pm 20 Jan 14

When, or if, this hoverdream comes alive I’ll be surprised if it lasts 12 months in Canberra. Well, actually, given there’s a good 3-4 months where it will likely be too cold anyway, it may not even last that long.

It’s true Canberrans do seem to like the latest fad, and as much as I’d like to see more activity on the lake, I can’t really see a hovercraft ride at not many km/h around the relatively small and benign LBG providing much more than a fleeting desire for most of us.

It won’t be ranking at the top of must-do activities in Canberra for the majority of us anyway.

Hovercrafting needs more speed and more exciting places to explore, I think.

But please keep discussing the merits of this pipedream, this thread is giving more entertainment than putting around LBG in a hovercraft at half speed so as not to upset the wowsers could ever do.

Queen_of_the_Bun 8:42 am 20 Jan 14

kingcosworth said :

Thanks JessP, I agree I think it would be a great attraction for our fair state. I will organise some video links today to show the intended craft in operation. Another benifit of the craft is that it is made in Australia, the plant is located in Melbourne. The operator has extensive boating experiance and a coxswain’s licence. Hopefully if all goes well, everybody who induldges in the activity will certainly enjoy themselves, and I feel a good majority of Canberra will enjoy seeing the craft, some won’t and some won’t care, but 90% will enjoy it if they went for a joyride on it. I noticed in a thread a while back that it was mentioned that passengers wore earmuffs. this is not really for engine and fan noise, it is for wind noise passing across your years. We’ve all being in very windy days and noticed how noisy the wind can get crossing your years. I’ll line up those links, thankyou for your interest regardless of the tangents this thread has drifted off on 🙂

I think it would be great to see more activity on our lakes. I would prefer jet boating because it is great fun, whether on a river, in a lake or in a harbour. Queenstown NZ manages both river and lake with no environmental problems, Sydney Harbour also has jet boats leaving from right outside the toaster.

Why can other cities do this so easily?

kingcosworth 5:51 am 20 Jan 14

Thanks JessP, I agree I think it would be a great attraction for our fair state. I will organise some video links today to show the intended craft in operation. Another benifit of the craft is that it is made in Australia, the plant is located in Melbourne. The operator has extensive boating experiance and a coxswain’s licence. Hopefully if all goes well, everybody who induldges in the activity will certainly enjoy themselves, and I feel a good majority of Canberra will enjoy seeing the craft, some won’t and some won’t care, but 90% will enjoy it if they went for a joyride on it. I noticed in a thread a while back that it was mentioned that passengers wore earmuffs. this is not really for engine and fan noise, it is for wind noise passing across your years. We’ve all being in very windy days and noticed how noisy the wind can get crossing your years. I’ll line up those links, thankyou for your interest regardless of the tangents this thread has drifted off on 🙂

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