Since early December the golf club has been working closely with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) regarding our water extraction from Lake Burley Griffin. Following a sustained period of below average rainfall and extreme heat, the lake level has dropped below normal operating levels.
During this time all licensees who are able to extract water from the lake have been under water restrictions, and even though we have extracted less than our allocated maximum unfortunately the lake level has continued to drop. While the primary reason for the water level to drop is evaporation rates, the issue is being compounded by the lack of rain creating inflow to the lake.
The lake is approaching a critical point that has resulted in tighter water restrictions, the outcome for Royal Canberra is that we are now unable to extract enough water to irrigate all 27 holes.
Our primary concern is to maintain the Westbourne course, and as such we will no longer irrigate holes 19-27 with the exception of the greens. If the lake level continues to drop there will likely be severe water restrictions in place that will result in further irrigation reductions.
Members please be aware we do not have access to town water, all our infrastructure for irrigation is based on water extraction from the lake.
The Board and Management are in constant contact with authorities, however when bad weather and extreme conditions intervene complications occur.
Peter J King Matthew Olson
President General Manager
On Behalf of the Board of Directors