Algae outbreak: trial aims to find solution
A TRIAL will commence at Moneys Creek at Bargara as the council endeavours to find a sustainable solution to the long-term problem of green algae growth in the waterway.
Cr Danny Rowleson said the council would trial a boat fitted with specialised equipment that has the capability of operating in shallow water.
“It’s planned to drag the algae from the lagoon and take it to a council waste facility where it will dry and decompose naturally,” he said.
Cr Rowleson said the algae problem in Moneys Creek had been an ongoing one that had generated significant community comment.
“I must stress to local residents that this is a trial and while we are hopeful of a positive outcome, there are significant issues that can only be addressed by attempting a practical removal of the algae,” he said.
He said residents should be aware that the work may lead to increased odour, machinery noise and discolouration of the water.
“Even if large quantities of algae can be removed, it may not provide long-term odour relief or improvement to the health of Moneys Creek,” Cr Rowleson said.
Cr Greg Barnes said he was delighted the machinery had been hired by the council.
“I have been advocating for this trial for several years but I want to stress that this is only a trial to test the effectiveness in maintaining the health of our regional waterways,” he said. “This issue has been of significant concern to residents directly affected and the many residents who have requested a more pristine look to the lagoon area.”
Work in the area has been scheduled for four days, depending on the suitability of the boat to operate in the lagoon conditions.