AL­GAE A BIG IS­SUE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THE City of South Perth needs to hang its head in shame for al­low­ing the iconic Sal­ter Point la­goon to be­come an in­fested mos­quito breed­ing ground and, due to the fact that over many years of ne­glect the en­trance to the la­goon en­trance has silted up, the stag­nant wa­ter is mostly cov­ered with un­sightly pu­trid al­gae.

It seems three years of com­plain­ing to the City of South Perth; to Ja­son Jenke, Mark Tay­lor as direc­tor of in­fra­struc­ture and Ge­off Glass as CEO, has all but failed to get an action plan to re­solve this is­sue

Ward coun­cil­lor Colin Cala, Sharon Zeeb Hawkins and Ch­eryle Irons have made rep­re­sen­ta­tion on our be­half, all to no avail.

River bank man­ager Stephen Lloyd, from the Depart­ment of Wildlife, has also lost in­ter­est and it seems they all have their heads buried in the sand.

Lo­cal mem­ber John McGrath has sent let­ters to the CEO ask­ing for a site meet­ing to view the de­plorable state of the la­goon, also to no avail.

Given the de­plorable state of the la­goon, one would have to won­der what will it take to get coun­cil to get their act to­gether. How they can jus­tify their take-home pay is be­yond me.

Mark Tay­lor: Were you se­ri­ous when you stated in your email to me that if the al­gae was in ex­cess of 50 per cent then it would be me­chan­i­cally har­vested, or just play­ing mind games?

FRANK GIANCRISTOFARO, Sal­ter Point.

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