Lake Aqua Park gets go-ahead for next three years

Ian Bushnell 11 October 2020 18
Canberra Aqua Park

The Canberra Aqua Park will be back next month. Photo: File.

The National Capital Authority has granted approval for the inflatable Aqua Park to go ahead on Lake Burley Griffin at Black Mountain Peninsula for the next three years.

After what was considered a successful trial run last summer, Canberra Aqua Park applied to the NCA to again set up operations at the Tarcoola Reach swimming area for the warmer months of November to February in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Canberra Aqua Park expects to attract more than 15,000 visitors to the area this summer. Last season it drew more than 16,000 patrons despite losing 24 days to bad weather, bushfire smoke and poor water quality.

It will be a bigger operation than last year, with the licensed area extended approximately 800 square metres to the nearby island and deeper waters of the swimming area.

The Park will also operate for more hours each day but the season will be shortened to align with school holidays and the Park dismantled prior to university orientation week.

Security cameras will be installed in discreet locations to deter trespassers. Last summer a trespasser nearly drowned at the site, according to the Canberra Aqua Park annual report.

The NCA says feedback received during consultation said the Park was a great use of an underutilised space and commended it for encouraging use of the Lake in summer.

Others said it was a well run and professional operation with quality equipment, and was a wonderful outdoor attraction and physical activity.

Those opposed cited conflict with other event users such as Triathlon ACT and rowing clubs, and people using the facilities outside of the Aqua Park boundary.

Others also had concerns about the potential impact on the heritage values of Lake Burley Griffin.

But the NCA said there were no issues or complaints from other users of the park, and all facilities (car parking, barbecue, playground, toilets etc) were unaffected by the Aqua Park operation.

The Aqua Park had addressed issues with Triathlon ACT and rowing clubs, and no submissions were received opposing the renewal of operations.

On heritage matters, the NCA says the quality of shipping containers for storage should be improved and will seek changes for this coming season and future years.

It says the Park is unlikely to impact the ‘quiet and still’ nature of the Lake, given the existing use of the swimming beach and buoyed area during summer.

”The Aqua Park does not propose loud motor/generator components and is temporary/reversible in nature and will be removed for eight months each year. The site will be reinstated by ACT TCCS at the expense of the proponent to original condition for each off-season,” the NCA says.

The NCA says the Aqua Park is not inconsistent with the policies outlined in the Lake Burley Griffin and Adjacent Lands Heritage Management Plan.

It also allayed concerns that the Aqua Park could move to West Basin, saying there were no plans now or in the future to do so.

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18 Responses to Lake Aqua Park gets go-ahead for next three years
Glen Jopling Glen Jopling 6:03 pm 14 Oct 20

Jess don’t break a leg 😆

Celina Lees Celina Lees 11:23 am 14 Oct 20

Jess Jopling 😳

Another “cracking” day this season??

Grace Hooper Grace Hooper 8:02 pm 12 Oct 20

Alaa Samsam James William Tim Gerrard guys!!!!!!!

Vivien Clarke Vivien Clarke 11:39 am 12 Oct 20

Katherine Caley this has to be the conception site of our child

Lindy Dunster Lindy Dunster 10:21 am 12 Oct 20

so the lake is not toxic any more?

    JeeKay Dee JeeKay Dee 11:35 am 12 Oct 20

    Lindy Dunster we went last summer and didn't die 😂

Cherry Byrne Cherry Byrne 7:23 am 12 Oct 20

Emily Charlton I’m just gonna leave this here...

Steven Weng Steven Weng 10:21 pm 11 Oct 20

Dominic Giannini see ya there

Juz Hawke Juz Hawke 8:56 pm 11 Oct 20

Excellent! It was a lot of fun for my kids and their mates!

Talulah Gaunt Talulah Gaunt 8:24 pm 11 Oct 20

Katrina Rolls Sarah Babington Nikki van Ruiten Sara No H Davey let’s go now it’s getting warm 👀

Bryden Campbell Bryden Campbell 8:15 pm 11 Oct 20

Jess you'd be excited about this? 🤣

    Jess Jopling Jess Jopling 8:29 pm 11 Oct 20

    Bryden look, you’re the third person to bring this to my attention. 🤣🤣

    Tiffany Hartcher Tiffany Hartcher 9:38 am 12 Oct 20

    Lol Jess Jopling I was about to tag you too.

Kristi Dynes Jørgensen Kristi Dynes Jørgensen 7:10 pm 11 Oct 20

Cathrine Heinz it’s like obstasplash but less painful when you fall 🤣🤣🤣

    Cathrine Heinz Cathrine Heinz 8:10 pm 11 Oct 20

    I think you have to come by to test it (and break an arm...)!

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