13 June 2005

Water skiing on the lake?

| johnboy
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ABC Online has news of plans to bring water skiing to Lake Burley Griffin.

My first reaction was NO! Especially to allowing it anywhere near Black Mountain.

But it’s a big lake with clearly marked sections (as per the bridges). No-one sails much in the east basin, why not let them hoon around up to Kings Avenue?

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A lot of effort goes into monitoring the water quality and they do close sections when they are dangerous. I think you’d be OK.

As for the letters pages? Lets face it, the anti-waterski brigade have allways been pretty naked in their snobbishness.

But mostly I think they’re just jealous no-one invites them along. It’s not as if anyone is using that part of the lake.

There were a couple of humorous letters in Saturday’s Canberra Times on this topic. Well, one was clearly humorous, and noted that the NCA has taken it upon themselves to start scaring our ducks. The other stated that it would lead to ‘cashed-up hoons performing the aqueous equivalent of burnouts on our lake’.

stonedwookie10:40 pm 18 Jun 05

that water is pretty dirty i wouldnt recommend swimming in it.

won’t it harm the carp?


Bring it on, I say. Burley Griffin is underused, and the best way to get people back to its edges is allow people to use it for whatever they wish. What are motorboats going to do? It is not as though it is a pristine natural ecosystem, it was created specifially for use and appreciation of the folk living in the ACT. If they waterski, go for it.

Vic Bitterman7:33 pm 13 Jun 05

Bring the waterskiiing on!

Lake Boring Griffin is static due to underuse.

Canberra_unsung_hero6:21 pm 13 Jun 05

Yes … let’s try and maintain SOME sort of decorum on Lake Burley Griffin for God’s sake !

Why, ‘cos the area down near fyshwick off dairy road is soo much further to haul your boat to? Bugger off and leave our lake alone!

sailboats (especially the light dinghies on the lake) and powerboats don’t share well.

But as sailboats very rarely venture to the east basin anyway it really shouldn’t be a problem.

why not? Is there a ban on fun or something?

Canberra_unsung_hero2:36 pm 13 Jun 05

What a gross sense of impropriety !
I forbid it !!

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