Try sailing on Lake Eyre Recently I returned from a trip to the outback of South Australia. My goal was to fly over Lake Eyre and see the changing colors of the water levels in the lake. After heavy rains in Queensland during December and January, the lake has had its biggest influx of flood water since 2000 and 1989. Lake Eyre is fairly remote – vehicle access is by two 4WD routes via the Oodnadatta Track. A stretch of Lake Eyre South shoreline can be accessed from a road side stop on the Oodnadatta track about 90km west of Marree. Our travel group found you can walk for miles before reaching the lake shore. In August, the shore line was receding as the saltwater in the lake was evaporating, creating mirages on the horizon. I was expecting to find flocks of birds but it was at the junction of the Oodnadatta and Birdsville tracks that I discovered the Lake Eyre Yacht Club.
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There will be a community information meeting on the 6th October, 7:30pm at Club Alamanda, Point Cook. This meeting is in response to the Baillieu Government’s Growth Areas Authority recommendation that houses be built on ‘green wedge’ land in Point Cook. It is to follow up on the recent rally held in Point Cook about green wedge land being used for a housing development. Jill Hennessy, Member for Altona said many members of the local community had the understanding that open space bounded by Point Cook Road, Hackett’s Road and Aviation Road would not, and could not, be built upon due to planning.
The Lake Eyre Yacht Club - “Ya gotta be jokin’ ... No we’re not”. The club was formed on 1st April, 2000. The club’s most recent sailing regatta was held this year from the 10th to 15th July, 2011. Earlier in March when the lake was filling with water, the South Australian Government were in discussions with the native title claimants of Lake Eyre who wanted to ban 'sailing' on the lake. The club’s regatta was conducted at Lake Killamperunna, Cooper Creek. Thirty four boats were registered as competing with eightysix adults and seventeen children involved. At the presentation dinner long distance travel awards were made to sailors who came from West Australia, Queensland and Tasmania. Any sailing trip on Lake Eyre requires a lot more preparation and planning. As lake water levels recede, sailors have to be prepared to carry their boat to a launching spot after walking over sand, then mudflats and through knee deep sludge to reach 60cm of water. Catamarans are the popular choice of sail boat but canoes, kayaks, dinghies and other flat bottomed boats are best in varying depths of heavily salted water. Sailors are advised to take supplies of fresh water and a radio, and limit travel to 10 km hops. A hand held GPS is a very useful navigation device whether on the water or on land in this remote area.
Community Information meeting on Green Wedge Housing
Point Cook residents are concerned about these recommendations and the pressure this will have on local infrastructure. “With up to 3000 new houses proposed, the community is rightly concerned about more congestion on roads and the ability of schools and community facilities to cope with this influx”, Ms Hennessy said. “Residents want an assurance that adequate services and infrastructure will be provided before considering further housing developments on green wedge land,” Ms Hennessy said. Several speakers will be speaking, including opposition planning minister, Brian Tee MP.
Details of the meeting are: 7.30pm; Thursday 6th of October Club Alamanda, Corner of Alamanda Blvd & Paradise Pde, Point Cook. Melways Map 207 H.8
For further information please call the Altona Electorate Office on (03) 9395 0221
Published on Dec 2, 2011