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LBG to be expanded?

Thumper 1 April 2008 22

A freind of mine who works for Environment told me something interesting the other day. he was at a meeting with people from the Water Australia National Committee.

The discussion was on enlarging Lake Burley Griffin and, from what I overheard, it would entail removing Scrivener dam and building a new dam some distance further down the river. I believe the idea is that LBG would then have a greater capacity for storage and this water will be able to be pumped out and used on the arboreum, as well as other public lawns and gardens.

There was also some talk of dredging the Jerrabombra Wetlands to allow for more storage capacity but they seemed to believe that there would be a lot of opposition to this and thast they would have to find a way n which to turn the general population against the wetlands, something like a malaria scare.

Interestingly, there was also discussion on removing the dam wall on Lake Ginninderra and rebuilding it further downstream at Florey drive Macgregor. This would allow the lake to expand all the way through Evatt, Spence, and LAtham and, like LBG, expand the capacity immensely. As for LBG, this extra water capacity would then be used on public grounds such as Kippax ovals, melba ovals, etc.

What do people think about that? How many legless lizards will be killed if this goes ahead? And what about other wildlife?

One would hope that these proposals have be thoroughly thought through.

Whatever the case, it could be interesting.


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Thumper Thumper 7:54 pm 02 Apr 08

Yup, I know that…

At heart I’m a greenie…

Cheers 😉

RuffnReady RuffnReady 5:48 pm 02 Apr 08

Nice April fools joke, very good.

Two comments –

1. LBG water shouldn’t really be used for much at all. The ACT Govt doesn’t want you to know this, but mine tailings from Captain’s Flat, full of lead and other heavy metals, form the Lake’s base.

2. The Wetlands are home to over 100 bird species alone, including many migratory birds from Asia. They are ecologically very important to the region.

Wide Boy Jake Wide Boy Jake 4:30 pm 01 Apr 08

April fool!

Mælinar Mælinar 3:52 pm 01 Apr 08

Wouldn’t it seem more ergonomic to just deepen the existing lake ?

astrojax astrojax 3:42 pm 01 Apr 08

i thought they were going to rename the royal canberra hospital casualty ward, the carnell ward. i hear they’re to re-name the members stand at the scg ‘the warwick capper stand’ and run the women’s track and field two weeks after the blokes in beijing.

BenMac BenMac 1:55 pm 01 Apr 08

Next you will be telling me google can see the future

Oh it can, it can:
Google Search tool to see into the future

I remember the CT once reporting that there was a whale in the Lake one year. Our very own Loch Ness.

smokey2 smokey2 12:29 pm 01 Apr 08

The multi use concept is interesting except it shows a complete lack of knowledge for water management. To store water it must come from somewhere and its storage and use will deny those downstream access to it. Using the water will cause the shoreline to rise and fall with the seasons. In a drought it will look like Lake George and will be a good place for the Belconnon kangaroos to graze. But most of all it shows how little respect Canberrian’s have for water using it to water ovals and the like whilst large areas in the Murray Darling basin will have nothing.

By the way has anyone noticed the die back in the gums on Limestone Ave near Long st. All the Large gum trees in the plantation are dead. All the water in LBG would not save them.

Thumper Thumper 11:47 am 01 Apr 08

I may have made up some of the above story.

But only the bit after ‘A freind’…

(yes, typo I didn’t notice…)

CanberraResident CanberraResident 11:35 am 01 Apr 08

Don’t know about you, but I’ve been spelling the word “friend” since grade 3.

Danman Danman 11:32 am 01 Apr 08

April Mofo fools… Next you will be telling me google can see the future

p1 p1 11:03 am 01 Apr 08

It kind-of backfired though, as many people thought it’d be a good idea.

It is a good idea. It’s that or introduce ill-tempered sea bass with fricken lasers on their heads, and wait for them to mutate…

S4anta S4anta 10:54 am 01 Apr 08

Thumper… mushrooms… bad.

ant ant 10:14 am 01 Apr 08

Some years ago, when people still read the CT, on this very date they published a front-pager about draining the lake to get rid of all the carp.

It kind-of backfired though, as many people thought it’d be a good idea.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 10:12 am 01 Apr 08

The idea of a malaria scare is priceless. Given malaria is a tropical disease and not suited to the Canberra climate, they would be much better off coming up with something like Murray River Encephalitis.
Even then, instead of draining/dredging the wetlands, I’m sure the environmental types would suggest spraying (similar to what they do in Far North QLD / NT to kill the little buggers).

Thumper Thumper 10:05 am 01 Apr 08

They last drained it in the 70s so they could catch Alexander bunyip.

papadoc papadoc 10:03 am 01 Apr 08

Oooh, they should drain the lake! I wannna see all those tunnel’s the pollies use to travel between Russell and Parliament House in their armoured golf carts.

la mente torbida la mente torbida 9:57 am 01 Apr 08

Yes please, raise the dam wall at scrivener…I want a waterfront property

andy pandy andy pandy 9:53 am 01 Apr 08

I heard that the federal government was going to re-route the federal highway across lake george as the current route is geologically unstable. hadn’t heard about the lake proposal though , interesting concept

justbands justbands 9:48 am 01 Apr 08

All residents could be relocated to the promised land, Queenbeyan… & given spellings lessons.

p1 p1 9:45 am 01 Apr 08

A much better return on investment as far as water storage is concerned would be to dam all the exits and flood the entire Tuggeranong valley. All residents could be relocated to the promised land, Queenbeyan…

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