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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Friday, 23 April 2021) . . Page.. 1210 ..


(2) The Responsible Dog Ownership campaign in January 2020 and February 2020 had strong activity. On the ACT Government Facebook and Instagram accounts, the video social activity performed positively generating 2,058 clicks. There was a reach of 51,568 people in the area. During the campaign the video was viewed in full 7,004 times.


Lake Tuggeranong—water quality(Question No 175)

Ms Lawder asked the Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, upon notice, on 1 April 2021:

(1) How many days has Lake Tuggeranong been closed as a consequence of poor water quality in (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018, (e) 2019 and (f) 2020.

(2) What data has been collected for Lake Tuggeranong water quality, for example, levels of blue green algae and other bacteria.

(3) Can the Minister please provide this data by month for each year of (a) 2015, (b) 2016, (c) 2017, (d) 2018, (e) 2019 and (f) 2020.

Mr Rattenbury: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Lake Tuggeranong has had an advisory status of no primary contact recreation for the following number of days in each year (Table 1).

Table 1. Summary of number of weeks swimming sites on Lake Tuggeranong were advised as no primary contact recreation, 2015 – 2020.

Site

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Tuggeranong Town Park (LT3)

9*

16

27

22

21

11

Nguru (LT5)

7*

11

17

14

16

9

Ngadyung (LT7)

7*

14

18

15

14

11

* Data begins from mid-2015

(2) The management of the urban lakes primary contact recreation (activities such as swimming, diving and bathing) is prescribed in the ACT Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality (2014). https://www.health.act.gov.au/sites/default/files/2018-09/ACT%20Guidelines%20for%20Recreational%20Water%20Quality.pdf

Data on bacteria (specifically faecal indicator bacteria, Enterococcus spp.) are routinely collected by ACT Health, and data on blue-green algae are collected by Access Canberra, as per the ACT Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality (2014). Based on advice from ACT Health and Access Canberra to TCCS, TCCS provide advisory ‘closure’ information via their website (https://www.cityservices.act.gov.au/news/news-and-events-items/water_quality_in_our_lakes_and_ponds), and via signage at swimming locations on Lake Tuggeranong. Monitoring of bacteria and blue-green algae by ACT Health and Access Canberra respectively, is undertaken weekly throughout the summer swimming season (October – April).


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