Munro floats Lake Canobolas beach idea

ORANGE councillor Scott Munro thinks promoting Lake Canobolas’s “beach” would give visitors yet another reason to come to the region.

Mr Munro said councillors at this week’s Orange City Council meeting supported plans to continue to drop tonnes of sand on the banks of Lake Canobolas.

“We could encourage people to come to Orange to go to the beach,” Cr Munro said.

“I think bringing in the sand is money well spent.”

Mr Munro said the sand not only proved an attraction for recreational users of the lake, it also served a practical purpose.

“There are sharp rocks so there are issues with children standing on rocks,” he said.

“It’s much better to have the rocks replaced by fine river sand that doesn’t hurt your feet. We don’t want little kids getting cut feet.”

Council spokesperson Allan Reeder said 96 tonnes of the washed Cowra sand is dumped on both sides of the lake’s edge every 12 months.

“It’s more fun for kids to have sand beneath their toes rather than mud,” Mr Reeder said.

“It [the sand] also adds to the atmosphere, this is a big recreation area for Orange.”

Sand is normally deposited on both sides of the lake however the road below the dam wall is under repair, and can’t take heavy vehicles, so the sand truck is only able to deliver on the western side of the lake.

Council was unable to provide figures on how much it costs to buy the sand.


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