Chief Minister Gallagher has announced that the trial of waterskiing training on Lake Ginninderra has lead to an ongoing, but significantly reduced programme.
The ACT Government has undertaken a six week consultation period on the conditions of the trial which included a water ski demonstration and information session to provide the community with an opportunity to learn about the proposed water ski trial on Lake Ginninderra, and the conditions under which the trial would operate.
In response to feedback received during the consultation period, significant changes have been made to the conditions of the trial to address concerns about noise, lake users’ needs and the impact on the environment.
Modifications to the conditions include:
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— removing a wakeboard training course from the trial. This will reduce the area of the trial and potential impact on other lake users;
— excluding weekends and public holidays from the trial;
— amending the trial times during winter (July to September 2012) to 12 pm to 2 pm (rather than 7 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 6 pm as originally planned);
— improving environmental and noise considerations by moving the slalom training course away from the shoreline to allow ample room for other lake users to pass between the training course and the water’s edge and to minimise conflict with anglers.
Training times will remain as proposed, from 7 am – 9 am and 4 pm – 6pm, from October 2012 until the end of January 2013. Wakeboarding will be allowed during the trial, however there will be no jumping.