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.