Given the many years of research and a keen interest from the local community in the release of the Griffith final report, the Care Group recommend a venue to allow community access and participation in the important discussions relating to recommendations in this report.
The recommendation is that the Albert Community hall or similar be used as the venue due to the close proximity to users and a capacity to provide a COVID safe meeting place.
This Venue was used previously by Council with success on the release of the reed beds.
With the lake barely open for a month, the latest algae graph indicates the lake is about to close again due to high algae concentrations.
Council and Griffith Uni have been well aware of expected worsening of conditions on the back of record algae levels and the lake deteriorating to the worst conditions ever seen earlier this year!
So what are Council doing in this crisis?
- We have our Councillor Pauline Young elected to represent the community not even accepting calls from the Care Group or concerned residents, passing inquires off to the dept that has continually failed to address issues.
- We have the Griffith report now 3 months overdue – no explanation on why this report has not been released or any expected time frame on release. This represents a further delay in getting action to this crisis.
- We have NO response to any of our many concerns and requests raised in our Care Group Reply to Clr Youngs Letter over two and a half months ago!
The Care Group request that EVERY concerned resident, users and user groups contact our Councillor and the engineering Dept and voice there concern over lack of information and lack of action.
Clr Pauline Young
Ph. 07 5581 6382 Email: Division12@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
Ph 07 5667 3893 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
While raising your concern on the above issues, ask what is happening to Care Group requests contained in the Letter to Clr Young including;
- Fast tracking Griffith solutions including Phoslock this summer to prevent further decline.
- What are Clr Youngs plans to honor election commitments to address long outstanding catchment management issues including grass clippings?
- Mandatory inclusion of Lake Health in Griffiths investigation not just reduction in algal blooms. Why has something important as Lake health been left out?
- PROPER investigation into the negative effects of high nutrient floodwater entering the lake and the many advantages of the installation of a one-way valve at the outlet.
- Action Plan to address the significant loss of submerged aquatic vegetation which is mandatory in any lake recovery.
- Action in addressing key issues effecting long term lake health including the severe stratification – What condition would the lake be in for example in10 years if stratification is not addressed?
I know many residents and users have been inquiring on the outcome of the meeting with our elected Councillor Pauline Young but unfortunately the Care Group have been unable to secure a meeting. Despite other Councillor’s and Federal representatives performing their duties as normal and meeting with the public, Councillor Young has not been able to meet due to COVID restrictions.
The Care group as a last resort have requested a phone call to discuss ongoing issues an her election commitment, again denied. The reason given was that many statements in our post have previously been addressed therefore Clr Young feels it was not necessary for a special meeting to occur.
Clearly many issues have NOT been addressed, hence we will continue of efforts to meet with our elected representative and advise the public on our progress.
Just a reminder to go easy on the fertiliser this spring as the last thing the lake needs is more nutrients!
The significant loss of submerged vegetation over many years has resulted in very little take up of nutrients entering the lake. The result is that the majority of these nutrients are now left available for the algae to feed on.
It is no coincidence, that the loss of plants and the resultant deterioration of lake health has coincided with an increase in algal blooms.
Despite the importance of submerged vegetation on lake health, Council currently has no plans to reverse the decline.