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Kambah Pool is a Dump

By smilesr - 31 August 2011 35

Not having been there for years I took my kids down to have a picnic and see the river. It such a beautiful spot but gee they have let it run down so badly it is sad to see. There is rubbish everywhere, piles of bottles and broken glass, weeds and dead trees. The last time I was there was just after the fires and it seems they haven’t touched it since then, leaving the trees where they chopped them down and not even replacing any of the seating areas. Oh, they have put in a toilet and a sign, but that’s it.

And what’s with this “no-bin policy” that’s on the sign? Sounds like just a poor excuse not to have to pay someone to empty a bin now and then. I like on the signage how it says the closest drop-off point for rubbish is “Scollay St Tuggeranong or Mugga Lane”?!! Could they have picked a place any further away?

And of course half of the front gate is missing so that idiots can access it any time which makes the situation worse with evidence of campfires etc. Hope they fix that before the fire season starts…

So disappointing.

I’m guessing the money used for any upkeep is going to the new arboretum but I wish they wouldn’t let existing sites like Kambah Pool be run down in the meantime.

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David45 8:10 pm 03 Sep 11

nice spot – good for swimming – though i am shocked to hear that brown snakes also swim in the river. Is this common? Is here anyway to spot them and avoid swimming into them?

Pork Hunt 5:16 pm 01 Sep 11

LSWCHP said :

gentoopenguin said :

Rollersk8r said :

eyeLikeCarrots said :

Yep. Have been there exactly once – about 15 years ago – and don’t think I’ll ever be able to erase the image of some bloke openly masturbating in broad daylight… *shudder*

I wonder if that’s the same bloke I saw once on the top of Mount Painter jerking off in the general direction of Parliament House. I hightailed out of there pretty quick…

Call me crazy, but I reckon that jerking off in the direction of Parliament House seems like a fairly reasonable thing to do, most days.

+1, not into the wind though…

Pork Hunt 5:12 pm 01 Sep 11

Jethro said :

eyeLikeCarrots said :

From what I have heard about the place, you wouldn’t want to take your family there ever….

And its a brave person who goes there at night.

Indeed. I was quite started on a recent hike along the river corridor when I stopped for a rest at the Kambah pool and was propositioned for sex by about 3 men in 10 minutes.

3 blokes in 10 min, not much of a rest. Did you walk bowlegged for the rest of the hike?

p1 2:59 pm 01 Sep 11

fgzk said :

In the 1920’s the Cotter and Kambah pool’s had their own life saving clubs. Today we don’t use the river much.

It is a little sad, some of the changes that have come with technology and an expanding city population.

A little more water in the river this year then the last decade might see a little bit of a resurge in popularity…

Stevian 2:24 pm 01 Sep 11

Nude beach ; “undercover” cops. I’ll leave that to better men than I

legal 2:11 pm 01 Sep 11

I’ve been to several nude beaches from Sydney to Northern NSW and unfortunately Kambah Pool is just a ‘beat’. Id like to see some ‘undercover’ cops down there to remind them of the reasons and rules of a nude beach.

All I’ve experienced is uncomfortable close encounters and yes that same fat Drew Carey lookalike wanking in full view – thats 10 years jail dude – I nearly threw a rock at him but thought it too small a target. No matter how secluded as spot you find some fag with a soft on will find a way to get up close to you.

Nude beaches can be a lot of fun, especially with friends and lovers but Kambah Pool is just far too creepy. Don’t make us carry paintball guns to make you respect our privacy (ie if someone is alone in a spot leave them alone – you cannot assume its a beat and being there is an invitation for you to come over with oiled up soft on sticking out from under your fat disgusting hairy gut).

The rules that allow us to have a nude bathing area:

Stay out of dunes and re-vegetation areas

Obey regulations – National Park, life-saving, fire, fishing and parking

Don’t wander from established nude areas – this may risk the areas closure

No overt sexual activity – be nude not lewd – this just undermines our objectives

Don’t litter – carry out more than you brought in

Respect the property of others – ‘if your bum is bare cover the chair’

No unauthorized photography of others, especially children

Respect the privacy of others – allow others to have space – don’t stare

Come prepared & be sun smart – bring water, food, towels, sunscreens etc
Speak up for standards – carry copies of Free Beach Etiquette – report criminal activity to police

Having said all that the occasional whipper snip and a rubbish bin would be essential if the govt doesn’t want to get sued.

smeeagain 1:02 pm 01 Sep 11

fgzk said :

What do I see when I visit the river. I see the cockies eating moss off the rocks in the early sun or sitting in two’s amongst the trees on the ridge, nesting. I see fish jumping and occasional a platypus. I see 30cm fresh water crayfish and little “prawns”. I stare down flat headed red belly black snakes and follow them as they hunt. I see big brown snakes swim river and search for a way on to the bank. I watch echidnas digging around logs. Ive seen mice fall from the sky as a python gorges its self on their tree nest. Ive met huge male roo’s that push out their chest and give me the evil eye. Ive watched the wedge tailed eagles fly in from the cotter and up the valley in the morning and return down the valley at lunch. I see last nights digging of the wombats and how high the water is in their burrows.

I also see the mess left by teenagers and druggies. Its not much. I see piles of rubbish left by “middle” Canberra in car parks and on the side of the road. Most of you will not see it as it gets cleaned up pretty quickly. Huge piles of consumer waste dropped off in shiny utes and cars with trailers. Every drain or pull over covered with the remains of shattered TVs, house hold rubbish and garden waste. Ive seen exercise machines, roofs, complete lounge room’s, bedroom’s, garden settings, computer waste, builders rubble and car parts. This isn’t the work of teens and druggies. Its the work of adults.

The rangers would rather spend their time doing remedial environmental work than picking up after people or endlessly rebuilding picnic benches. Above was mentioned the new toilet block at Kambah. It survived its first sustained rock attack with out too much damage.

In the 1920’s the Cotter and Kambah pool’s had their own life saving clubs. Today we don’t use the river much. With air conditioned houses, busy work schedules, back yard pools, the coast holiday house’s and playstation who could be bothered. Its good that people don’t take their bratts to the river, now we just have to convince them not dump their rubbish there.

No Pythons in the ACT

creative_canberran 11:54 am 01 Sep 11

fgzk said :

Ive met huge male roo’s that push out their chest and give me the evil eye.

Given we’re talking about Kambah Pool… is that a euphemism for something?

bugmenot 11:20 am 01 Sep 11

fgzk said :

sitting in two’s
…Ive…
…Ive…
huge male roo’s
…Ive…
I see last nights digging…
Its not much.
Ive seen exercise machines
complete lounge room’s
bedroom’s
Its the work of adults.
the coast holiday house’s

Dude, that is an impressive collection of apostrophe abuses for a single post!

Try this:
http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Apostrophes 🙂

blowers 11:12 am 01 Sep 11

I’m with Creative on this.

Its a shame that the Kambah Pool area has been tarnished by irresponsible vandals, or frequented by weird ass men who are on the hunt for fresh talent. The reputation of the place is its biggest victim. Please Please Please do something about this place. It will take a significant effort so that the Police will send regular patrols down there and the Government put some dollars into cleaning it up and promoting it as a safe haven for young families once again. The REAL nudists have moved to a new location off the Kings Highway I believe. Those that still hang at Kambah are just Rock Spiders and other evil types. IMHO

Rarofour 10:47 am 01 Sep 11

Since moving to Canberra 10 years ago I’ve had some lovely times at Kambah Pool and at other spots on the river down south, with family and friends. I haven’t been since last summer but my experiences at Kambah Pool have been largely positive.

Stay near the main beach and it’s fine, but venture south to the declared nude area and yes you might come across people in shock horror, the nude. They might proposition you, but then you might cop the same type of suggestion at several public toilets near Lake Burley Griffin or beyond.

It’s good free fun and the more good people that go there, the better it can be.

smilesr 10:30 am 01 Sep 11

Well then, seriously maybe the government should consider completely closing the site to (car) public access and concentrating on keeping the walking paths from Pine Island to Cotter upgraded so that serious nature lovers and hikers can still enjoy it.

It would be easier for them if they only had two sites to keep an eye on.

fgzk 10:02 am 01 Sep 11

What do I see when I visit the river. I see the cockies eating moss off the rocks in the early sun or sitting in two’s amongst the trees on the ridge, nesting. I see fish jumping and occasional a platypus. I see 30cm fresh water crayfish and little “prawns”. I stare down flat headed red belly black snakes and follow them as they hunt. I see big brown snakes swim river and search for a way on to the bank. I watch echidnas digging around logs. Ive seen mice fall from the sky as a python gorges its self on their tree nest. Ive met huge male roo’s that push out their chest and give me the evil eye. Ive watched the wedge tailed eagles fly in from the cotter and up the valley in the morning and return down the valley at lunch. I see last nights digging of the wombats and how high the water is in their burrows.

I also see the mess left by teenagers and druggies. Its not much. I see piles of rubbish left by “middle” Canberra in car parks and on the side of the road. Most of you will not see it as it gets cleaned up pretty quickly. Huge piles of consumer waste dropped off in shiny utes and cars with trailers. Every drain or pull over covered with the remains of shattered TVs, house hold rubbish and garden waste. Ive seen exercise machines, roofs, complete lounge room’s, bedroom’s, garden settings, computer waste, builders rubble and car parts. This isn’t the work of teens and druggies. Its the work of adults.

The rangers would rather spend their time doing remedial environmental work than picking up after people or endlessly rebuilding picnic benches. Above was mentioned the new toilet block at Kambah. It survived its first sustained rock attack with out too much damage.

In the 1920’s the Cotter and Kambah pool’s had their own life saving clubs. Today we don’t use the river much. With air conditioned houses, busy work schedules, back yard pools, the coast holiday house’s and playstation who could be bothered. Its good that people don’t take their bratts to the river, now we just have to convince them not dump their rubbish there.

INFP 1:17 am 01 Sep 11

LSWCHP said :

The last time I went there was as a teenager in the late 70s. A friend, who subsequently came out of his closet, took a group of us there for “a swim”. We ended up in a a huddle, floating down the middle of the river with eyes like golf balls as a group of naked, oiled up men with erections walked along the river bank beside us, staring at us.

If you’re a straight teenager, half a dozen balding, lubed and tumescent men with hard-ons and wolf eyes is not a pretty sight. in It was beyond disturbing, and even though it was over 30 years ago I can still remember it vividly.

We eventually agreed to make a bolt for it as a group, going quickly and not meeting anybody’s gaze, and we made it out OK.

I’ve occasionally thought about going back there for some legal skinny dipping, as it’s a lovely spot, but it looks like I’ll have to pass.

now you know a bit more about how women feel when men leer at us, honking horns and calling out to us, making suggestive comments, hitting on us inappropriately, commenting on our looks or bodies… (and no, i dont dress in a way that invites attention at all… no cleavage or legs or tight fitting clothes). its not flattering… its disturbing.

the guy doesnt have to be naked, oiled up with an erection to evoke the same disgust and fear you experienced.

im not a lesbian but sometimes i wish i was.

smilesr 8:44 pm 31 Aug 11

“Waahh it’s too far away….well how about taking your rubbish with and putting it in your rubbish bin at home, or is that too difficult”

Not difficult for me but it seems too difficult for all the multitudes of people leaving junk behind!

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