Territory and Municipal Services are letting it be known that their decision to close Vanity’s Crossing was completely the right one:
It’s been six months since the permanent closure of Vanity’s Crossing over the Cotter River in the Lower Cotter Catchment and the landscape is already reaping the benefits.
“The river and surrounding environment have shown signs of improvement and regeneration since the closure,” Operations Manager, National Parks and Catchments, ACT Parks and Conservation Service, Brett McNamara said today.
“There has been a significant improvement in the dumping of vehicles and rubbish, broken bottles and human waste.
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“Native flora has already started to return to the banks of the Cotter River at Vanity’s Crossing and there has been a noticeable reduction in localised erosion in the area.”
Mr McNamara said Vanity’s Crossing was permanently closed on 6 February 2012 to protect the ACT’s drinking water supply.
“The ACT Government’s decision to permanently close Vanity’s Crossing followed advice from ACTEW Water and was a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of contamination or an event which could make the Cotter Reservoir unusable as a source of drinking water.
So basically it’s a lot nicer out there without pesky people.