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By johnboy - 9 March 2012 4

The National Capital Authority has the bad news that the whole of Lake Burley Griffin is off limits due to the effects of flooding on the bowels of Queanbeyan.

Lake Burley Griffin was closed on Thursday 1 March, following the Queanbeyan Sewage Treatment Plant being on bypass operations. The NCA has been advised that bypass operations ceased on evening of Sunday 4 March.

Lake Burley Griffin will be closed until two sets of water quality results indicate bacteria levels are within safe parameters.

NCA chief executive, Gary Rake said a series of water quality tests have been scheduled.

“Water quality testing commenced on Monday 5 March,” Mr Rake said.

“These results indicate bacteria levels are high across all areas of the lake.

“Bacteria levels are between three and nine times higher than what is recommended for safe use by ACT Health.

“Additional water samples were collected yesterday, with results expected in the morning. Further samples will be collected on the morning of Friday 9 March and Tuesday 13 March,” he said.

Based on advice from ACT Health, it is unsafe to use the lake for any activities that involve contact with the water such as swimming, canoeing, recreational boating, rowing or fishing.

Water features and irrigation systems that rely on water from Lake Burley Griffin will remain off including the Captain Cook Memorial Jet.

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LBG still full of Quangers poo
Skidbladnir 11:01 am 11 Mar 12

Sturmovik said :

Queanbeyan’s sewerage treatment plant is in Oaks Estate, which is in the ACT. Im assuming the ACT is responsible for it?

The Queanbeyan Sewage Treatment works is indeed in the ACT.
There has been standing argument over who has responsibility for Queanbeyan effluent and treatment since before Queanbeyan even had public sewers (check Trove, its a recurrent theme since the ACT was merely a sparkle in a politician’s eye), so don’t expect an easy answer today.

Sturmovik 10:04 am 11 Mar 12

Queanbeyan’s sewerage treatment plant is in Oaks Estate, which is in the ACT. Im assuming the ACT is responsible for it?

chewy14 12:35 pm 09 Mar 12

Sammy said :

A caller to Chief Minister talkback on 666 this morning asked why Queanbeyan doesn’t just transfer their sewage into the Canberra system and have it treated at Lower Molonglo? I’ve got no idea about these things, but obviously Fyshwick is connected to the ACT sewage system, and there isn’t that great a distance between Fyshwick and QBYN, so couldn’t QBYN just be hooked into Fyshwick and charged accordingly. We already supply them with water.

There’s a treatment plant in Fyshwick on Dairy Flat road.

And you did see that Lower Molonglo was overflowing all weekend as well?

Sammy 11:32 am 09 Mar 12

A caller to Chief Minister talkback on 666 this morning asked why Queanbeyan doesn’t just transfer their sewage into the Canberra system and have it treated at Lower Molonglo? I’ve got no idea about these things, but obviously Fyshwick is connected to the ACT sewage system, and there isn’t that great a distance between Fyshwick and QBYN, so couldn’t QBYN just be hooked into Fyshwick and charged accordingly. We already supply them with water.

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