Delays in Short Term Options Report

The LHM Care Group have raised concern with the GCCC over the delay in the Short Term Option Report that was due in June. The report is to look at the feasibility of short term options to improve the resilience of the lake to future algal blooms.

With no water quality updates for nearly 3 months and the algal blooms continuing through winter, residents and users are speculating that the lake may not even open this Spring/Summer!

A great deal of hope is being placed on the possible implementation of these options and timing is critical. Any treatment needs to be in place before the algae starts multiplying in the warmer months.

GCC Council advises the delay is due to the complexities of the lab work, with the Griffith Uni Report being available to Council Shortly.

Council are striving to meet the action plan timeline and are prioritising finding a solution to the current state of the algal bloom.

The Long Term Options Report is still scheduled for September.

184 days/6 Months into Lake Closure – Water Quality Updates Requested

Despite progressing well into winter with cooler water conditions far from ideal for Algal growth, the lake still remains closed. With the last water quality update 2 months ago, the Care Group have requested regular updates every 3 months to keep the public informed on current conditions and any improvements.

Council have advised they are working towards providing regular water quality trends in the near future that will be updated on the Councils Lake Hugh Muntz Webpage

Winter/early spring is normally the time the lake “gasps for air” from the ongoing Algal blooms but the current brown, cloudy water conditions are not promising.

The Short term Options Report from Griffith Algae Experts due shortly may offer some hope for improving conditions.

 

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