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The jet she is kaput

By johnboy 14 March 2009 39

[First filed: March 07, 2009 @ 09:30]

Yesterday the National Capital Authority proudly announced they were extending the opening hours of the Captain Cook Memorial Jet for Canberra Day.

That announcement has now been consigned to digital oblivion and instead the world leaders in foot-in-mouth are advising that the jet is buggered.

    “The Captain Cook Memorial Jet is currently out of operation due to a fault with an electronic value.

    The jet will undergo repairs and is anticipated to be back in operation on Friday 13 March 2009.”

Tricky things those faults with an electronic value.

UPDATED: The NCA now reports that having repaired the “electronic valve” they’ve since found other issues and it’s broken “until further notice”.

Brilliant.

But at least it lives on with Google Maps:


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Jivrashia 7:19 pm 13 Mar 09

Never was a big fan of Jimmy’s massive ejaculation inside Burley.

imhotep 5:47 pm 13 Mar 09

Only in Canberra. From the NCA press release…”while repairing the electronic valve that faulted last week, additional mechanical issues were identified.

The story so far…

(1) Good news press release ‘Extended hours for Captain Cook Memorial Jet.’

(2) Scratch that. Bad news press release. ‘Reduced hours (nil) for Captain Cook Memorial Jet’, due to ‘faulty value’.
Add typo in press release to emphasise our incompetence.

(3) Scratch that. Further bad news press release. ‘On looking into the problem, further ‘faulting’ has been identified.’
Mangle the English language in press release to destroy any remaining credibility .

If this lot owned a real jet, I wouldn’t fly in it.

old canberran 5:14 pm 13 Mar 09

There isn’t much water travelling in the Molonglo these days, and so the water in the lake is kept at its current level from water released from Googong Dam, as well as the treated water from Queanbeyan sewage treatment plant. Its Queanbeyan’s revenge on us.

That’s probably a good enough reason to have the jet turned off. It wouldn’t do to have Queanbeyan waste water sprayed all over Commonwealth Bridge and the users thereof.

Some 50 or so years ago there was a huge flood in Queanbeyan and their cemetary which was quite close to the river went underwater and……….

chewy14 4:26 pm 13 Mar 09

old canberran said :

It’s not really. The Molonglo does not provide any domestic water for the city. The Cotter Dam is on the Cotter River as are Corrin and Bendora dams. The Cotter flows into the Murrumbidges at the Cotter as does the Molonglo. Googong Dam is on the Queanbeyan River and it flows into the Molonglo.

There isn’t much water travelling in the Molonglo these days, and so the water in the lake is kept at its current level from water released from Googong Dam, as well as the treated water from Queanbeyan sewage treatment plant. Its Queanbeyan’s revenge on us.

Hells_Bells74 2:11 pm 13 Mar 09

See the whole thing confuses most. In reference to my drought comments at stage two, three and four restrictions you must turn off fountains that don’t use recycled water. You may not refill any that don’t use recycled water and on the higher level restrictions you may only if you are sustaining fish and bird life. Of course there are exemptions and such. I remember them bringing the fountains all round Canberra to a standstill. I really don’t recall if they stopped the big one but it didn’t matter, it was on and off like a yoyo or barely on at all well before the big drought.

I know it wouldn’t come from the mains water supply, it was a sarcastic nature I was attaining to as who really knows what goes on, cause I just found it funny our beautiful waterjet turned into a pawn or mismanaged and reminds me of having to tell the kids when picking up their dad at the restaurant frequently why the jet wasn’t on yet again and I could never come up with anything decent to tell them and you don’t get anything straight on any media channel (what a joke).

So that’s how it lost it’s magic and if up to me I would run the damn thing constant, with a light under it at night.

Disposable 1:57 pm 13 Mar 09

Maybe now someone will get to clear out the tunnel!

old canberran 1:48 pm 13 Mar 09

It’s not really. The Molonglo does not provide any domestic water for the city. The Cotter Dam is on the Cotter River as are Corrin and Bendora dams. The Cotter flows into the Murrumbidges at the Cotter as does the Molonglo. Googong Dam is on the Queanbeyan River and it flows into the Molonglo.

chewy14 11:38 am 13 Mar 09

Yeah,
but i was just saying that although its not treated potable water, the water in the lake is still from our water supply.

caf 11:35 am 13 Mar 09

willo: No, LBG is on the Molonglo, which is a tributary of the Murrumbidgee.

caf 11:33 am 13 Mar 09

Isn’t that what my last sentence says?

willo 11:31 am 13 Mar 09

googong dam? I thought the lake was filled from the murrumbidgee river….isn’t it?

chewy14 11:10 am 13 Mar 09

Caf,
The water used to keep Lake Burley Griffin full comes from Googong dam, so although not in the catchment, the water in the lake is from our water supply.

Granny 4:23 pm 09 Mar 09

I don’t think the fountain will ever lose its magic for me. It still get a little thrill when I see it.

caf 4:17 pm 09 Mar 09

The water definitely isn’t coming from the mains. At the rate it flows it would be equivalent to about a third of our total consumption for the whole city.

And Lake Burley Griffin / Molonglo River are certainly not in the catchment for any of our water storage dams. The Molonglo joins the Murrumbidgee near the water treatment plant at the end of Stockdill Dr, and the Cotter River (on which sits Corin, Bendora and Cotter dams) also flows into the Murrumbidgee. Googong Dam is upstream of Lake Burley Griffin, on the Queanbeyan River.

Hells_Bells74 11:26 am 09 Mar 09

Mains water in fountains mmmm… Sounds about right considering they pull fountains in times of drought which left me shaking my head about the one in the centre of a huge lake of water. Or was it just a multitude of regulations/faults/restrictions/water quality/propaganda that see it turned off at all the times you would want it on. It lost it’s magic for me in the nineties when my ex hubby worked at Regatta Point restaurant and you watched it go down to an hour a day for some time and the Japanese tourists huddled.

poptop 8:32 am 09 Mar 09

*Puts on stickler hat*

My understanding is that the design of the main nozzle is the same as the Jet D’Eau in Geneva, Switzerland. The city of Geneva allowed the same design to be used after high-level diplomatic negotiations.

So possibly unique in the sense of being the only one modelled on the Jet D’Eau?

But wait, there was also New York City’s Delacorte Fountain (busted and never repaired after 1987 because of hepatitis fears) and Pittsburg’s Point Fountain based on the same design principles (except for the water being drawn from an underground glacial river!) and having more than one squirter.

Perhaps we should think carefully about the water quality issues that killed off the Delacorte Fountain . . .

old canberran 9:43 pm 08 Mar 09

poptop said :

Except for the Geneva Water Fountain

It was that jet which gave the planners the idea for one for LBG but there are quite a few differences in the design and operation of ours. It is still unique irrespective of the one in Geneva. Thanks for the link.

astrojax 9:13 pm 08 Mar 09

yeah, orright poptop, apart from the geneva water fountain, it’s pretty unique… ; )

classic, granny @ #15 – laughted til i stopped (and at bob downe’s line, too..! ta, pb)

really, though, i am a bit of a fan of the jet; s’brilliant – we’ve a parliament house what is an upside down hills hoist, with a verandah and a front porch, and a bubbler in the lake at the bottom of the garden. and people wonder why you like canberra.

poptop 8:33 pm 08 Mar 09

Except for the Geneva Water Fountain

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