City acts on ‘re­volt­ing’ algae smell

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

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.

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