Paws for thought on power boats

To: "'Canberrabirds'" <>
Subject: Paws for thought on power boats
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2006 16:17:50 +1000

I have not looked into the regime for activities on LBG, but I had assumed that NCA or other Commonwealth approval PLUS the approval of ACT authorities would be needed for high-speed boats to be permitted, the more so as quite detailed regulation including on safety matters would be involved.  Can someone please enlighten me?  Surely the anti and pro lobbies both know all about this. 


From: John Layton [
Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2006 11:04 AM
To: Canberrabirds
Cc: John Byrne
Subject: [canberrabirds] Paws for thought on power boats


For those who aren't aching to cleave the peaceful waters of Lake Burley G with a one-hundred horsepower propelled prow and who don't read the Canberra Sunday Times-   take a bouquet of Wahlenbergia gloriosa in your right paw for the former, in your south paw, a bunch of Pyracantha blossom for the latter-   now, having pricked your paw and your interest, read on Macbirder:

Green vote


According to ACT Tourism Minister Andrew Barr, Canberra needs to ditch the focus on motor sports and look to other attractions to bring in visitors ("Tourism needs to put brakes on cars", July 26, p3).


While Andrew is in this frame of mind, he may well like to convince the National Capital Authority to reverse its decision to allow power boats on Lake Burley Griffin, and forestall what many see as the next retrograde step-  jet skis.


Should Andrew achieve this, thus ensuring our lake's peaceful amenity and continuing role as an important haven for wildlife, his approval rating would reflect electors' approval.

John K. Layton, Holt







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