Triathletes left high and dry

Triathletes Darryl Franklin, Steve York, Brett Jewell and Justin Rogers can no longer train at Champion Lakes. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d406557
Triathletes Darryl Franklin, Steve York, Brett Jewell and Justin Rogers can no longer train at Champion Lakes. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d406557

Darryl Franklin said he was one of about six triathletes who would generally train at Champion Lakes every Sunday, bringing their families along, for the majority of the year.

But now, Mr Franklin said, it was wasn’t worth training there as they could only run or cycle.

‘We won’t swim in it if the signs are up,’ Mr Franklin said.

Mr Franklin, who lives in Wattle Grove but is building a house in Champion Lakes, said he now goes to Belmont pool, which closer to work.

In Parliament last week, Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said $1.8 million had been budgeted this financial year and next for capital improvement projects to address water quality issues.

In April, Mr Waldron announced $1.5 million to address salinity.

Mr Waldron said the Government was ‘dinkum’ about addressing water quality and that it would obviously be committed to implement the findings by GHD, which will investigate how managers VenuesWest can better manage nutrient levels.

Questions on notice lodged by Armadale MLA Tony Buti were answered on Tuesday, August 6 when it was revealed the Champion Lakes Regatta Centre was closed for swimming 29 times from February 1, 2011, to July 9, 2013.Three total lake closures, when water activities including rowing were banned, occurred three times in that period. Data prior to February 2011 was not available.

The water is monitored by VenuesWest fortnightly and water bird faeces are blamed for the contamination. The GHD report is expected to be completed later this year.