Blue over la­goon

A group of res­i­dents want the City of South Perth to im­prove the health of the Sal­ter Point La­goon after notic­ing an in­crease in the amount of al­gae.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

A GROUP of Sal­ter Point res­i­dents are calling on the City of South Perth to take ac­tion to help fix the health of a la­goon in their neigh­bour­hood.

The res­i­dents are con­cerned with the amount of al­gae in the Sal­ter Point La­goon, which they say is get­ting worse.

Sal­ter Point res­i­dent Sukhwant Singh said the health of the la­goon had pro­gres­sively be­come worse in the last five years and it was worse than ever this sum­mer.

“The is­sue is that the mouth of the la­goon, which leads into the river, has a build-up of sand and silt,” he said. “In win­ter there is a rea­son­able flow but in sum­mer it be­comes stag­nant and the al­gae builds up.

“We’ve pre­vi­ously met rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the coun­cil and dis­cussed the idea to re­move some of the sand and it sounded like a good idea but noth­ing has hap­pened.”

Mr Singh said that as the la­goon was a nat­u­ral body of wa­ter, he be­lieved it was worth fix­ing.

“At the mo­ment you can’t miss the al­gae and birds can ac­tu­ally walk on the la­goon be­cause it’s not as deep as be­fore,” he said.

“We’d like to see the coun­cil dredge the mouth of the river and see if that can help.

“When it’s full of wa­ter and the al­gae isn’t a prob­lem, then the la­goon is beau­ti­ful.

“The res­i­dents liv­ing near the la­goon are happy to work with the coun­cil; I un­der­stand that re­sources are tight but we are happy to help.”

City of South Perth chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Geoff Glass said the coun­cil would not con­sider dredg­ing the mouth of the la­goon.

“Sal­ter Point la­goon is a healthy nat­u­ral wet­land that changes its con­di­tion to adapt to sea­sonal changes,” he said.

“Sal­ter Point la­goon forms part of the Bush For­ever Site 333 that is clas­si­fied as a high pri­or­ity con­ser­va­tion area, there­fore the City un­der­takes all re­quired works to com­ply with State Govern­ment re­quire­ments.

“To en­hance eco­log­i­cal per­for­mance of the Sal­ter Point la­goon, the City un­der­takes an­nual reveg­e­ta­tion and monthly main­te­nance works that in­clude weed con­trol, rub­bish col­lec­tion, ero­sion con­trol and monthly mon­i­tor­ing of the la­goon con­di­tions and func­tion­ing.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d463074

Con­cerned lo­cal res­i­dents at Sal­ter Point La­goon.

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Sal­ter Point lo­cals say the la­goon al­gae sit­u­a­tion is get­ting worse. Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

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