Repairs needed on Captain Cook Memorial Jet

Media Release

28 March 2019

The National Capital Authority (NCA) wishes to advise that Canberra’s iconic Captain Cook Memorial Jet will not be seen for the coming months.

“The last few months have seen the Jet experiencing technical difficulties and staff and contractors have been working hard to limit the downtime, however, manual operation has now become impractical,” said Chief Operating Officer of the NCA, Lachlan Wood.

To try to mitigate delays the NCA have brought forward a program of scheduled maintenance works to the Jet’s infrastructure to coincide with the repair works.

“Completing the required repairs and maintenance works to the Jet whist not operating will create efficiencies and minimise the Jet’s overall down-time. Phase one of the project will see the refurbishment of the flow control valve located within the pump-station replaced, with parts due to arrive from England within the coming weeks,” said Mr Wood.

Following the completion of phase one, it is expected that the Jet will operate intermittently to allow for the testing and commissioning of the refurbished control valve.

Phase two of the project will see scheduled maintenance completed on the Jet including the fitting of a new access system to the Jet’s outlet structure, ensuring safe access to the Jet.

The Jet is expected to be operational by mid-2019, when it will return to being run from 11 am to 2 pm daily.

The Jet was inaugurated by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the 25th of April 1970, almost 50 years ago. Over six tonnes of water is pumped into the air, leaving the Jet at approximately 260 kilometres an hour.

“The Jet is a complex piece of infrastructure, which requires ongoing repairs and maintenance to ensure it remains as one of Canberra’s landmark attractions,” said Mr Wood.