ALGAL AN­SWERS?

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

MARK Tay­lor’s email re­sponse dated Oc­to­ber 31, 2016, to the ques­tion: Will coun­cil do any­thing about the al­gae re­gard­less how bad it gets?

The reply was: The City is cur­rently mon­i­tor­ing the ex­tent of the algal bloom in the Sal­ter Point La­goon, (which) cur­rently cov­ers about 20 per cent of the la­goon’s sur­face. If the algal cover ex­tends to greater than 50 per cent, the City will en­gage a suit­able qual­i­fied con­trac­tor to re­duce the cover.

The sub­se­quent ques­tion is: More like 50 per cent and get­ting worse. Does coun­cil have a con­trac­tor that can be called on? Or will it be a call for ten­ders , then get bud­get ap­proval and later maybe do?

What is the time­line from mak­ing a de­ci­sion and hav­ing the work done, is there a strat­egy in place? No reply. Ques­tion: Does coun­cil in­tend mon­i­tor­ing and spray­ing for mos­qui­toes or will it wait un­til it re­ceives com­plaints?

Reply, in part: The City im­ple­ments a mos­quito man­age­ment plan from Au­gust to April. The City will be mon­i­tor­ing ac­tiv­ity and treat­ing as re­quired.

Sub­se­quent ques­tions: How many times has aerial spray­ing been un­der­taken since 2012? How many mos­quito traps are in place? What are the num­bers of mos­qui­toes caught since Au­gust this year? No reply.

A fur­ther ques­tion: Has coun­cil ever taken wa­ter sam­ples or in­tend tak­ing sam­ples in the fu­ture?

Reply: The City has not taken wa­ter sam­ples at the la­goon for some time. Sam­pling may again be ini­ti­ated par­tic­u­larly if the algal bloom be­comes ex­ten­sive.

The sug­ges­tion seems to be that at some stage wa­ter sam­ples were taken. If so, what were the re­sults?

The cur­rent prob­lems do not go away by turn­ing a blind eye, or de­flect­ing to other au­thor­i­ties

Your com­ment in the South­ern Gazette on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 13, sug­gests that you are not up to speed on this.

We ratepay­ers, ward coun­cil­lors and lo­cal mem­ber John McGrath are still wait­ing for a site meet­ing. Why won’t you meet us with an open mind? FRANK GIANCRISTOFARO, Sal­ter Point.

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