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.
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.
Council has just distributed a newsletter to residents advising on the current poor condition of Lake Hugh Muntz and progress on improving the situation. The graphs indicate that current toxic levels of Algae in LHM are STILL high. The deterioration and severity of the outbreak is clearly evident around the lake. The ongoing Algal surface blooms appearing around the lake have residents and users continually asking “Why has LHM been left to deteriorate to this horrible condition”
Inquiries were made today with Council on recent trends in water quality relating to the ongoing Algal bloom. The last results received in Councils Newsletter to residents below indicate a downward trend. Unfortunately the algae results have remained above the red closure level in all sites measured. The lake will continue to be closed in the foreseeable future.
The Care Group met with Council this week to discuss the ongoing decline of Lake Hugh Muntz.
Council advised that they are formulating a 2018 Management Plan and are investigating options to improve the water quality of this asset. As part of the process, the Care Group have been asked for their input on improvement measures.
A Griffith University Algae expert is investigating the problem and will hopefully have some options in the next 2 months. The Care Group have asked to meet with Council and the Algae expert to discuss options.
Paul Taylor has gone to great lengths in his Letter to Residents to highlight that Lake Hugh Muntz is a constructed water body that forms part of a ‘stormwater’ drainage system which by its very nature is unregulated and uncontrollable
The Lake Hugh Muntz Care Group believes the fact that Lake Hugh Muntz forms part of a stormwater drainage system does not offer a reason to Residents as to why Lake Hugh Muntz has been mismanaged and neglected by Gold Coast Council. It also does not offer an answer as to why council has not taken steps to control the quality of stormwater entering Lake Hugh Muntz?
Lake Hugh Muntz is gifted with being a small manageable catchment area. The lake is an enclosed water body, separated from rivers and streams. The short distances the water has to flow to enter the lake creates minimal erosion and results in relatively clean water entering the lake. There are no valid reasons as to why Gold Coast City Council has neglected and mismanaged Lake Hugh Muntz
In an attempt to detract from Councils mismanagement Councillor Paul Taylor has now, rather pathetically, advised that Lake Hugh Muntz may have potentially “Dangerous Aquatic Organisms”- Suddenly “eels” are on par with Stone fish despite no reference in Council documentation. To “make up” stories to detract from safety or to reduce usage of LHM is just not acceptable! This quite frankly confirms that Council are intent on “Finding Excuses Instead of Investigating Solutions”
It is no accident that LHM has been such a popular and safe place to swim. LHM has many advantages over other swimming areas as highlighted in the video “why should LHM be Primary Contact”.
Please review the video and ask yourself “why has Lake Hugh Muntz been neglected”
Lake Hugh Muntz has been suitable for swimming for the past 35 years and must be maintained accordingly. Please make your voice heard, write an email to Paul Taylor, sign the Save Lake Hugh Muntz petition and force Gold Coast Council to take care of our lake.