Seaplanes from Sydney to Canberra one step closer | Milton Ulladulla Times


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Seaplanes could soon make waves on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, after a proposal from two operators was approved, despite community opposition. The National Capital Authority approved the use of the lake as a landing site for aircraft from Sydney and the south coast of NSW. Lake Burley Griffin is a popular spot for sailing, wind sailing and rowing and some areas are also defied by swimmers. A proposal for seaplanes to use the lake was first presented to the Canberra community for feedback in May. Sydney Seaplanes proposed three times a day commuter service between Lake Burley Griffin and Rose Bay in Sydney, while South Coast Seaplanes wants twice weekly flights between Canberra and the south coast. Out of 102 public submissions, only 21 supported the idea. Most of the opposition to the proposals was due to concerns from lake users and the environmental impact of noise and pollution. Still, tourist offices welcomed the idea, saying it would attract more visitors to the capital and showcase the city. The NCA determined that the potential impact of the seaplanes did not outweigh the benefits the proposals would bring to the region’s tourism. But the NCA acknowledged safety concerns raised by community groups and said guidelines would be developed for “shared and safe” use of the lake. Work on the guidelines is expected to start in February. Australian Associated Press

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