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Recreational Uses of Lake Ginninderra: 21 Feb BCC Meeting

By Damien Haas - 14 February 2012 22

At the 21 February public meeting of the Belconnen Community Council, we will discuss Belconnen residents’ preferences for the type of recreational use of Lake Ginninderra as well as the maintenance of the health of the lake. All members of the public are welcome.

Recently, excessive levels of blue-green algae have closed other Canberran lakes. The ‘beaches’ of Lake Ginninderra have worrying levels. The blue-green algae here are caused, in part, by run-off from estate development in Crace and Casey. Sediment retrenchment ponds, clearly, are not being adequately used.

The Council has outlined these concerns to the ACT Planning and Land Authority. ACTPLA has recognised the problems with the current lack of maintenance of the runoff settlement ponds and have identified the areas of responsibility and possible remediation measures. Future meetings are planned with other ACT Government Agencies, development representatives and associated NGOs.

Infrastructure works are currently underway on our lake foreshore. Investment in playground and picnic equipment is taking place. Have your say in the types of recreational activities you want on your lake.

Our speakers will include Ms Jane Carder from the ACT Government, City Services, TAMS, Ben McCullough, ACT Water Skiers Association and Damon Cusack from the Ginninderra Catchment Group.

You may add your comments and questions now by going to our facebook page or the BCC website belcouncil.org.au/Feb2012 until the end of the meeting.

7.30pm, Tuesday, 21 February 2012,
Upstairs Belconnen Library
Chandler Street, Belconnen

Damien Haas
Belconnen Community Council

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22 Responses to
Recreational Uses of Lake Ginninderra: 21 Feb BCC Meeting
Captain RAAF 9:25 am 17 Feb 12

Fun and frivolity on Canberra’s lakes?

Has the world gone made!!!!!!!

What in god’s name have I missed!!!!!!!!

ARGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Keijidosha 9:07 am 17 Feb 12

damien haas said :

The BCC has just received a copy of a submission from the ACT Water Ski Association, proposing a water skiing training facility on Lake Ginninderra.

Does anyone have any concerns re this recreational activity on the lake ?

Please let me know before the meeting.

My only concern is that the Government and NIMBYs will conspire to ensure that powered boats are prevented from using what is a largely wasted expanse of water.

grump 8:39 am 17 Feb 12

Ko. said :

The north side of the bridge would be pretty good for it, Hardly anyone uses it and there’s no direct adjacent residential to make noise complaints.

see comment 10 above – the native american camped there with a floating teepee would have something to say I’m sure – Johnboy has a pic to post…..

Ko. 6:48 am 17 Feb 12

No issue if they are confined to certain section.

Otherwise you inadvertently lock out other users like kayaks and sailors like what has happened at molongolo reach.

The north side of the bridge would be pretty good for it, Hardly anyone uses it and there’s no direct adjacent residential to make noise complaints.

damien haas 9:01 pm 16 Feb 12

The BCC has just received a copy of a submission from the ACT Water Ski Association, proposing a water skiing training facility on Lake Ginninderra.

Does anyone have any concerns re this recreational activity on the lake ?

Please let me know before the meeting.

grump 9:28 am 16 Feb 12

I wasn’t aware that camping on the lake was an option until this last week – there is a teepee moored mid-lake on the northside of the main bridge – been there for about a week – if i knew how to attach a pic to this I would!

shadow boxer 3:28 pm 15 Feb 12

The run off from Casey is appalling it bogs up the ponds at Gungahlin, fills Gold Creek and eventually makes its way to Ginninderra.

Everyone knows it, where is our EPA ?

carnardly 3:10 pm 15 Feb 12

I swim in lake BG regularly most summers without hesitation. It hasn’t affected me yet…..

p1 2:10 pm 15 Feb 12

I would like the lake to be a part of an ACTION Park ‘n’ Ride program involving jet skis. It will be particularly useful when they extend the lake.

whitelaughter 1:06 pm 15 Feb 12

The link to the facebook page seems broken; anyway it’s here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Belconnen-Community-Council/137455593006525

pink little birdie 12:45 pm 15 Feb 12

the Scouts at all lakes use the lakes for boating and th 8-11 year olds favorite canoeing activity is capsizing…

shirty_bear 12:20 pm 15 Feb 12

Pretty sure no-one even considers swimming in any of the lakes any more, presumably due to years of being told that is unsafe. I used to swim in Ginninderra and LBG; don’t even consider taking the kids there now; it’s pool or Cotter for us.

Different story for hounds though; the beach area near the dog park is reportedly popular with them. Fair enough too, since they’re hardly competing with people for the space. Why not make it a “dog pool”?

damien haas 10:53 am 15 Feb 12

I’m curious to know if anyone actually swims in Lake Ginninderra? I see plenty of small boats in the lake with people fishing, but I dont think I’ve ever seen anyone swimming. Is it the reed infestations that prevent this or the water quality or the fact that there are chlorinated pools nearby ?

Road_Monkey 6:20 am 15 Feb 12

I would like to continue to use Bimberi Beach for radio controlled boats. They run on batteries and are clean to the environment. We need to promote hobbies in Canberra.

Brindabella 10:40 pm 14 Feb 12

“Have your say in the types of recreational activities you want on your lake.”

Stock the lake with millions of rainbow and brown trout. Also perch, cod, bass and yabbies!

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