Calls for proposals to operate and restore Canberra's paddle boats

Canberra’s iconic paddle boats, much-loved by generations of locals and visitors alike are a step closer to returning to Lake Burley Griffin.

The National Capital Authority (NCA) is calling for proposals from operators to restore, maintain and operate the 12 paddle boats temporarily removed from service late last year.

It is expected the paddle boats will be based at Regatta Point Beach, and operate a minimum of four-to-six months a year.

The NCA removed the boats from operation in October last year to assess the repairs needed for their future operation. 

Information on the Request for Proposals is available at: 

Quotes attributable to Federal Minister for Territories, Kristy McBain MP:

“Paddle boats are an iconic part of Canberra’s social history, operating on Lake Burley Griffin for almost 50 years.

“We want to see them operate long into the future – as part of our commitment to activating Lake Burley Griffin and to stimulating the territory’s visitor economy.” 

Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Canberra, Alicia Payne MP:

“Like many Canberrans, I have fond memories of spending time with my family on a paddle boat on Lake Burley Griffin.

“Their return will be welcomed by families from the Canberra region, and encourage a whole new generation of locals and visitors to make the most this unforgettable experience.”