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Recreation policies for Googong Reservoir



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g STATEMENT 81 FOR PRESS

THE MINISTER FOR THE

CAPITAL TERRITORY

The Minister for the Capital Territory, Mr Bob Ellicott, today issued a

booklet detailing recreation policies for Canberra's fourth water supply

storage, the Googong Reservoir. .

Mr Ellicott said the reservoir and its foreshores had the potential to provide

a range of recreational opportunities in harmony with the project's primary

purpose - the provision of domestic water to Canberra and Queanbeyan.

A phased recreation and access plan had been developed but the various stages

after Stage 1 would proceed only when it was shown that, the previous recre­

ational use was cqmpatible with the major consideration of water quality. '

Competing priorities for recreation funds would also need to be considered.

Mr Ellicott said the policy document identified three zones as requiring ?

different management and recreational considerations. These were:

Area A The Queanbeyan River and foreshores immediately downstream of the

dam wall. Access.to this area would pose no threat to water quality, since

the water below the dam was not intended directly for human consumption.

Area J3 The reservoir and foreshores immediately adjacent to the dam wall and

the water supply off-take tower. No public access would be allowed in this

area.

Areajl The remaining reservoir and foreshores area. This area would be

available for controlled recreational use.

The Minister said that viewing facilities for public inspection of the dam

wall, part of Stage 1, were open and the remainder of this stage, the pro­

vision of facilities for picnicking, fishing, swimming and viewing downstream

of the dam would be opened in about three months.

Stage 2, to be implemented later in 1979, would allow for shoreline fishing,

walking, viewing and picnicking in Area C. .

Mr Ellicott said that Stage 3, planned to be developed in 1980, would see

an extension of walking, viewing, picnicking, fishing and, additionally,

horse riding, in Area C through the. provision of limited access to the

southern reaches of the* foreshores.

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Swimming in che reservoir would not be permitted initially but this decision

would be reviewed when access to the shoreline in the southern part of the

reservoir was provided. Results of water quality and recreation monitoring

would be taken into account in this review. People would be able to swim

downstream of the dam which was outside the reservoir proper.

The Minister said arguments for allowing both non-powered and powered boating

at the. reservoir had been careful].y considered but because of the possible

effects on water quality neither form would be allowed in Stages 1 and 2.

This1 decision was to be reviewed annually with the review taking into account

the following: '

. the necessity for additional water treatment arising from each of the

various-, types of boating;

. the cost of additional treatment arising from each of the various types of

boating, drawing on the experience of other water management authorities

having similar conditions; ·

. the latest available advice on risks to public health from contamination

from power boats including the carcinogenic effect of chlorinated hydro­

carbons ;

. environmental and management costs;

. the impact on other users of the area. ·

Mr Ellicott said the recreation policies for the Googong Reservoir and fore­

shores had been prepared by a working party established by the Googong Project:

Executive Committee which comprised officers of the Department of the Capital

Territory, the Department of Housing and Construction, the Capital Territory '

Health Commission and the National Capital Development Commission. Community

and government: responses to the initial draft report of May 19 75. had been

taken into account in the preparation of the policy document.

Interested persons could view a copy at the City Information Centre, ground

floor, North Building, London Circuit, Canberra, or obtain a copy from the

Conservation and Agriculture Section (Mr Bruce Forster, phone 46 2915). ·

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