Lake Jerrabomberra closed after blue-green algae outbreak

An outbreak of blue-green algae outbreak has forced the temporary closure of Lake Jerrabomberra.

Queanbeyan City Council warned users of the lake to avoid contact with the water due to the algae.

People should not swim in the lake, water ski or windsurf.

Pets owners should not let their dogs swim or drink the water.

The artificial lake drains into Jerrabomberra Creek and later the Molonglo River.

Blue-green algae grow in fresh and saline waters and when they bloom, can cause a serious deterioration in water quality.

Blue-green algae can also cause skin and eye irritations, sore throats or gastroenteritis in humans.

Anyone concerned about symptoms of blue-green algae exposure should contact their GP.