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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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35 Responses to
Kambah Pool is a Dump
gentoopenguin 8:10 pm 31 Aug 11

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…

Jethro 7:57 pm 31 Aug 11

fgzk said :

You are seriously full of it Canberra Creative. I doubt you get out much. Teens and druggies, you are joking right………….

Id ask people to stop dumping their rubbish, especially garden waste with infectious weeds and TVs. People dumping rubbish a big problem.

Canberra creative” . “Unfortunately I’m not going to blame the government on this one. The local teens and druggies have basically taken over many of the nature reserves around the south of Canberra. Now of course the government could be doing more to stop them, but honestly it’s just too wide spread and common now.”

I think the Creative Canberran has a very valid point. Plenty of nice spots in Canberra ruined by some very anti-social people.

Jethro 7:55 pm 31 Aug 11

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.

screaming banshee 7:48 pm 31 Aug 11

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?

Ok, aside from all the reasons not to take kids, or for that matter even visit Kambah Pool do you seriously have that big an issue with the no-bin policy. 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.

Spykler 7:45 pm 31 Aug 11

Rollersk8r 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.

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*

Or the elderly gentleman/perv with the deep tan who was walking through the carpark wearing a washing line cord fashioned into a crude mankini..That’s one I won’t forget…

LSWCHP 7:31 pm 31 Aug 11

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.

creative_canberran 6:42 pm 31 Aug 11

fgzk said :

You are seriously full of it Canberra Creative. I doubt you get out much. Teens and druggies, you are joking right………….

Id ask people to stop dumping their rubbish, especially garden waste with infectious weeds and TVs. People dumping rubbish a big problem.

Yeah I’ll take first hand accounts and a multitude of Facebook and Youtube pics and videos over you any day. Oh, and the AFP: http://the-riotact.com/naas-rd-crackdown/8628

Pine Island was well known among teens on the south side as a great place to down a bottle of Jim Bean and smoke something late at night until they added gates. Also a great place to pour some oil and do burn outs.

Now obviously TVs and weeds are just lazy people dumping, it happens all over town.
But the vandalism, broken glass, spilled oil, drug paraphernalia… very clear who’s behind it.
The toilets in the Gordon Adventure Playground were literally detonated once, completely blown up. The Fadden Pines play areas has had syringe and broken class littered around not to mention trip wires on cycle ways.

It’s the same people who trashed Weston Park for years so that most of the equipment that hadn’t already been burnt was removed and the place locked down at night. And even then people still get in to trash the miniature railway and nursery on occasion.

Get your head out of the sand.

fgzk 6:09 pm 31 Aug 11

You are seriously full of it Canberra Creative. I doubt you get out much. Teens and druggies, you are joking right………….

Id ask people to stop dumping their rubbish, especially garden waste with infectious weeds and TVs. People dumping rubbish a big problem.

Canberra creative” . “Unfortunately I’m not going to blame the government on this one. The local teens and druggies have basically taken over many of the nature reserves around the south of Canberra. Now of course the government could be doing more to stop them, but honestly it’s just too wide spread and common now.”

creative_canberran 5:05 pm 31 Aug 11

Unfortunately I’m not going to blame the government on this one. The local teens and druggies have basically taken over many of the nature reserves around the south of Canberra. Now of course the government could be doing more to stop them, but honestly it’s just too wide spread and common now.

Kambah Pool is regarded widely as the worst. I often hear of crime there including a while back two people been pushed into the put of their car and possessions stolen.

What the OP says about Kambah Pool though is true for most of the Murrumbidgee Corridor including Pine Island, Point Hut, Thawra and various crossings along the river up Nass way including Angle Crossing. Corin and Honeysuckle are particularly bad too, you’ll find P platers drinking and street racing most weekends which the Police on occasion target.

They head out there packed up with food and booze, often with hotted up cars and generally act like scum, leaving trash behind and too often oil on the roads.

Angle Crossing takes it to another level as does Piccadilly Circus in the Brindabellas where not only are the grog bottles all over the place, but the signage and public facilities are riddled with bullet indents and holes. Not long ago one side of the Angle Crossing toilet looked like a colander. And that’s when they signs and facilities haven’t been burnt, blown up or otherwise trashed.

So even though money no doubt plays a role, it’s more that whatever they put at these places will just get destroyed. Hence they recently put CCTV in at Point Hut.

R. Slicker 5:03 pm 31 Aug 11

Rollersk8r 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.

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*

Ah yes, Kambah Pool where I came of age as a schoolboy back in the 1970s. Now only a shadow of its glory in years gone by. Favourite areas now overgrown, no barbecues anymore, the sign saying Naked Bodies Might Be Encountered Past This Point long since gone (that was souvenired within days of going up in 1976).

The last time I went there was three years ago and I swear I saw at least two guys I had encounters with in the 1970s.

smilesr 4:36 pm 31 Aug 11

If they just spent a bit more to fix it up then more families would come. As it is, the rundown state of it just attracts the undesirables who then make it even more undesirable and the cycle continues. It’s such a beautifully natural place right on our doorstep and as part of the Murrumbidgee/Murray corridor you would think they would take greater care of it.

dvaey 3:52 pm 31 Aug 11

Maybe instead of planning 6-storey apartment blocks and triple level commercial areas for Kambah, they should be throwing some money at the existing infrastructure like Kambah Pool.

Rollersk8r 1:09 pm 31 Aug 11

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.

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*

steveu 11:16 am 31 Aug 11

It need to be shut at night just like Pine Island is.

eyeLikeCarrots 10:39 am 31 Aug 11

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.

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