Rowers to leave Canberra?

johnboy 2 June 2009 7

The ABC brings word that foul mouthed coaches swearing from leaky two stroke boats at sweaty young athletes might no longer adorn our lake.

    The head of Rowing Australia says elite rowers may have to be permanently relocated from Canberra if closures of Lake Burley Griffin continue to disrupt training.

    Athletes are currently in Canberra preparing for the World Championships but have had to stop using Lake Burley Griffin because of blue-green algae.

Anything we can do about it?

(And spare a though for Canberra’s private schools which, in recent years, have been given large chunks of lake front land and have built extensive boat houses now lying idle.)


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Fisho Fisho 7:59 pm 02 Jun 09

Other countries have been controlling BGA outbreaks for years by the simple method of dumping in bales of barley straw.

A bacteria that exists in the straw severly inhibits the growth of BGA.

However I have no idea if the bacteria is native to this land, or whether the BGA here is a strain that could be controlled by this method.

Haven’t encountered any research on the matter though.

If the rowers do have to go, I’d be happy to help them pack and point them in the right direction.

Punter Punter 5:55 pm 02 Jun 09

#1 I agree GB, perhaps their science department may be able to come up with a solution.

S4anta S4anta 4:30 pm 02 Jun 09

AG Canberra said :

I reckon if they know the risk and choose to get in good luck to them…

If they can’t stay upright then they really shouldn’t be representing Aus.

Mind you an upside boat really does illustrate down under though.

AG Canberra AG Canberra 3:00 pm 02 Jun 09

I reckon if they know the risk and choose to get in good luck to them…

If they can’t stay upright then they really shouldn’t be representing Aus.

Dagget66 Dagget66 2:31 pm 02 Jun 09

Maybe this explains the 3 times daily appearance of 2 rowing teams on the Clyde river from Friday – Sunday just gone ….

Most disconcerting while hungover on a house boat, but the girls liked it …

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 11:11 am 02 Jun 09

There are rowing elite? How do I enter my wife for the event?

Oh, rowing, not rowing my bad!

GB GB 11:08 am 02 Jun 09

Not much we can do about blue-green algae in the lake.

My heart goes out to the private schools. Maybe they could use their lakefront land for educational purposes instead?

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