City acts on ‘revolting’ algae smell
PERSISTENT algae blooms and vegetation at Lake Brearley in Maylands will be removed by the City of Bayswater once a month after several odour and amenity complaints from residents.
Bayswater Council unanimously supported the increased service level of manually removing vegetation and algae in problem areas in the lake from at least once a year to once a month at its August 21 committee meeting.
The works will cost $33,500 annually and has been sourced from the $1.12 million allocated towards the management of the lakes as part of the capital works budget.
Friends of Maylands Lakes (FOML), which has been working with the City on a management plan to restore the Brearley, Bunga and Brickworks lakes, and affected residents will be advised of the decision.
The algae has continued to resurface at Lake Brearley after an environmental contractor removed three tonnes of material in June.
Councillor Catherine Ehrhardt said the algae had a “revolting” smell.
According to an officer’s report, the City received several odour complaints from residents who live next to the man-made lakes, which was caused by the accumulation of vegetation and algae in the southern corners of Lake Brearley.
Officers are investigating management options with other State Government agencies.
FOML chairman Geoff Trott said the extent of algae worsened again this year and it posed as a potential health hazard.
Before (inset): The surface of the lake covered in algae. After (main picture): A big improvement.