Thursday, 19 November 2009
A group of researchers from Edith Cowan University (ECU) are visiting Collie this week to talk to residents about the potential health impacts associated with recreational use of pit lakes.
Pit lakes are a product of open cut mining and are becoming more common around Australia and are often used for recreational activities like boating, swimming and water skiing once the mining activity has finished.
ECU researchers will be investigating the potential health impacts of using pit lakes such as Black Diamond and Stockton Lake for recreational activities and hope to ensure public safety and offer peace of mind for residents.
The researchers are asking residents to complete a questionnaire designed to find out how people are using the pit lakes for recreation, and give residents the opportunity to express their ideas about what the lakes should be used for.
If you would like to have your say, visit the information booth at the Collie Boulevard Shopping Centre on Friday, 27 and Saturday, 28 November to complete a questionnaire.
Residents can complete the questionnaire at the Collie Public Library or the Shire Office.
Throughout November, the questionnaire will also be mailed out to 1200 residents and a number of community groups in Collie.
Chief researcher, Dr Andrea Hinwood encourages everyone to complete a questionnaire so that pit lakes can be developed to serve the needs of the community.
"It's important for people to complete the questionnaire so we can have a true understanding of how often people are really using the lakes and whether the community thinks they are safe," she said.
"A good response will help convey the message of what the community would like to see for the future use of the lakes."
This research is funded by the WA Department of Water and the Australian Government as part of the $12.9 billion Water for the Future plan.
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