La­goon to be con­sid­ered in bud­get

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

SAL­TER Point res­i­dents ap­pear to have claimed a small vic­tory as they fight to have ac­tion taken on al­gae in their lo­cal la­goon.

Depart­ment of Parks of Wildlife em­ploy­ees, City of South Perth in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices direc­tor Mark Tay­lor and South Perth MLA John McGrath met res­i­dents at the Sal­ter Point La­goon re­cently to dis­cuss the is­sues.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Mr Tay­lor agreed to make a bud­get sub­mis­sion for a re­port to be com­mis­sioned to in­ves­ti­gate the is­sue.

Sal­ter Point res­i­dent Sukhwant Singh said he felt the out­come was pos­i­tive but he still had mixed feel­ings.

“On one hand the work of the me­dia and John McGrath has helped us con­vince the City that it’s an is­sue that won’t go away but there is dis­agree­ment about the pre­cise is­sue,” he said.

“The feed­back that we re­ceived was that it is an aes­thetic is­sue but we are con­cerned about the re­duc­tion of wa­ter go­ing from the river into the la­goon and we want to im­prove its health.

“It’s good that the is­sue is be­ing met with some se­ri­ous­ness but my other con­cern is that a re­port might not be com­pleted un­til De­cem­ber or even af­ter that.”

Mr Tay­lor said a bid doc­u­ment needed to be cre­ated about why the coun­cil should sup­port the pro­ject when it cre­ated its bud­get in July.

“It’s a com­plex is­sue but it’s not a pub­lic health is­sue, so it’s not as press­ing as some other is­sues. If it was toxic then it would be placed as an is­sue of high im­por­tance, but ei­ther way it needs to be in­ves­ti­gated,” he said.

Aaron Cor­lett

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