Council Info Session Disaster! Community to Demand Griffith Recommended Phoslock Application

What a fantastic result to have so many people turn up at short notice to have their say.

BUT what a total disaster for an information session.

EACH AND EVERY INDIVIDUAL came to hear what is the plan and what is the timeline to action but came out with zero information.

The only information came from the Alluvium Consultants indicating that by August they would have ranked the 30 odd options according to importance.

Lets spell out some facts to the Community and to Council.

Fact: Griffith Uni were engaged 3 years ago with the brief to reduce the occurrence of algal blooms.

Fact: Griffith thoroughly reviewed all options according their brief and extensively tested effectiveness under modelling and field tests to come up with ONE and only ONE option.

That recommendation was to trial Phoslock with sand capping with Phoslock alone as a cost effective solution.

Fact: Council indicated they would run their multi criteria assessment on the Griffith report and that would take a number of  weeks.

Fact: Council changed their mind and decided to enlist external consultants and have now asked for feasibility of ALL long Term options to be considered.

Why was this not done 3 years ago? Because Council in an unbelievable stuff-up did not include mandatory lake health issues in the brief to be investigated. The result – a further 3 year delay! The limited brief to reduce algal blooms did not even cover loss of aquatic vegetation – a key reason for the ongoing water quality decline!

We now have consultants attempting to do a feasibility study on many options that have not even been investigated – in some cases with incomplete or non-existent data.

So why host an information session and not give the community any idea of timefame/budget allocation or process toward action?

Because once these options are ranked in August, there will be further delays for investigation, water testing etc amounting to years and years of delays!

At the meeting in November it was agreed between Council, Alluvium and the Care Group that the lake is on a rapid decline and urgent action is required. This lake cannot wait for further unnecessary delays in starting action.

Clearly there is only one way forward. To implement the one option that will no doubt be at the top of the list of all options. The one option that has been extensively researched, tested and proven to have the best outcome at reducing algae. The one option that has been recommended by the Griffith University team.

AND THAT IS THE PHOSLOCK APPLICATION!

The Care Group will be lobbying for assessment FIRST of the phoslock application to reduce Algae levels originally planned by Council to fast track implementation.

And SECOND, the assessment of lake health issues important for the long term recovery.

We request that the community contact our representative Clr Pauline Young and demand action for implementation of the Griffith Recommendations.

Contact details

Phone: 07 5581 6382
Mobile: 0475 677 181
Email: division12@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Pauline Young FACEBOOK 

 

Council Information Session This Saturday at Bel Air Park

Council have advised, at very short notice that they are holding an information session this Saturday at Bel Air Park 10am to 12pm. Council Officers and representatives from Alluvium consulting will be providing information on the current state of the lake, history and characteristics.

The question was asked “what is the prognosis or future of the lake” without effective treatment, with the reply indicating that  Algal blooms would continue, with increasing frequency and severity most likely

Clearly this outcome is not acceptable. With an alert issued last week for elevated algae levels, and increasing algal scum indicating yet another possible lake closure, this is a great opportunity to hear the issues and voice your concerns loud and clear to Council representatives over the lack of action, the lack of a plan and no timeline.

The recent photo highlights the ongoing poor state of the lake after 20 years of decline under Councils Management with the trend predicted to worsen over the coming years.

Request for Update Meeting with Council and Consultants

In December last year the Care Group met with Tony Webber and Council representatives to discuss options for improvement in water quality. The consultants have now collated and reviewed the available options so the Care Group have requested another meeting to discuss;

  • Proposed Feasible options.
  • Timeline for possible implementation.
  • Priority of the best options to make an improvement.

It was agreed at the last meeting that urgent action is required given the rapid decline in lake health and that Council are working towards possible action this summer to reduce the decline.

The Care Group will advise on outcome when response received.