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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 10 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3802..

Water-Lake Burley Griffin

(Question No 901)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to Lake Burley Griffin

(1) Is water from Lake Burley Griffin used to water lakeside parks, golf courses etc, including Floriade;

(2) If yes, how is this undertaken;

(3) If not, why not.

Mr Wood

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Water is pumped from Lake Burley Griffin to water areas of Weston Park, Yarralumla Bay, Yarralumla Nursery and Nursery Bay.

Table 1 details the areas of parkland irrigated with 2nd class water.

Lakeside park

Area Irrigated (ha)

Yarralumla Bay Swimming Area, Alexandrina Drive


English Garden, Yarralumla Nursery


Nursery Bay Plant Area, Yarralumla


Weston Park Swimming Area, eastern side


Weston Park Swimming Area, western side


Weston Park, Prescott Lane


Black Mountain Peninsula Swimming Area and BBQ's


Total Area


Irrigation using 2nd class water is carried out during the growing season which usually extends from September to May.

Commonwealth Park (Floriade) is irrigated using 'Town water'. The National Capital Authority has responsibility for the maintenance of Commonwealth Park including the irrigation infrastructure.

In addition Royal Canberra Golf Club uses water from Lake Burley Griffin.

(2) Water extraction is by licensing arrangement with the National Capital Authority except for the Royal Canberra Golf Club, which has the right to use water as a condition of its lease.

(3) N/A


(Question No 905)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 28 August 2003:

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