Res­i­dents on track of bad smell

Melville Times - - Front Page - Bryce Luff

RE­CENT rain over Perth might have helped dam lev­els but it did lit­tle for veg­e­ta­tion on the fringes of North Lake, with lo­cals’ noses pay­ing the price.

Peo­ple took to so­cial me­dia last week seek­ing an­swers to the cause of the strong smell of fae­ces af­fect­ing peo­ple in Kardinya, Winthrop, Melville and even Mt Pleas­ant.

Some asked whether the odour em­anated from a brick man­u­fac­turer, or from as far south as the Kwinana in­dus­trial strip.

A Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions (DBCA) spokes­woman put the bad smell down to the ef­fects of heavy rain at North Lake in the sub­urb of North Lake.

“The area has been in­ves­ti­gated and of­fi­cers have de­ter­mined that the likely cause of the odour is rot­ting plant ma­te­rial on the banks of the wet­land,” she said.

“The re­cent above av­er­age rain­fall has in­creased the wa­ter lev­els in the wet­lands and this has im­pacted on the fring­ing veg­e­ta­tion by sub­merg­ing the grasses and plants, with the plant ma­te­rial be­gin­ning to break­down and rot over time,” a Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions spokes­woman said.

“This has pro­duced the as­so­ci­ated odour.”

She said the odour was more no­tice­able when large num­bers of plants were af­fected.

“It is a nat­u­ral oc­cur­rence and the odour should dis­si­pate over the com­ing days,” she said.

City of Cock­burn of­fi­cers vis­ited the area this week, con­clud­ing the lake was to blame.

“North Lake is par­tic­u­larly sus­cep­ti­ble as there is large amounts of non-na­tive grasses within and sur­round­ing the lake,” en­vi­ron­ment man­ager Chris Beaton said.

Rot­ting veg­e­ta­tion on the fringes of North Lake has been blamed for a bad odour.

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