Call on City to act on la­goon con­cerns

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

SOUTH Perth MLA John McGrath has called on the City of South Perth to take ac­tion af­ter res­i­dents raised con­cerns about the Salter Point La­goon.

Res­i­dents are un­happy with the amount of al­gae in the la­goon, which they say is get­ting pro­gres­sively worse.

Mr McGrath said af­ter talk­ing to the res­i­dents he be­lieved they should be heard.

“It’s ob­vi­ous that the con­di­tion of the la­goon has de­te­ri­o­rated, the lo­cals look at it ev­ery day and have to live with the con­se­quences,” he said.

He had been told by City of­fi­cials that the al­gae would be re­moved if it reached 50 per cent of the sur­face area.

“I’m not sure if the City is sat­is­fy­ing State Gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions but at the mo­ment we have a sit­u­a­tion that is not sat­is­fac­tory.

“I don’t pro­fess to have all the an­swers but work needs to be done to bring it back to its health of four or five years ago.

“I will be con­sult­ing with the Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment about the is­sue be­cause this has been a beau­ti­ful area for some time.”

Salter Point res­i­dent Frank Gian­cristo­faro said he ap­pre­ci­ated Mr McGrath’s ef­forts to meet the res­i­dents.

“Hope­fully we can get a re­sult out of this,” he said.

When asked about the is­sue in De­cem­ber, City of South Perth chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Geoff Glass said the la­goon was a d464171 “healthy nat­u­ral wet­land” that changed its con­di­tion to adapt to sea­sonal changes.

“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,” he said.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

South Perth MLA John McGrath (in white short sleeve shirt and hat) meets Sukhwant Singh (left), Frank Gian­cristo­faro and other res­i­dents at the la­goon re­cently.

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