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.
Please follow the link below for the latest newsletter from Council.
Merrimac High School are regular users of Lake Hugh Muntz and Store their sailing boats here. During Term 1 & 4 each year they need the lake for sailing and developing personal water skills in relation to water rescues and safety. Constant closures have made this impossible.
See link below for letter.
ABC radio host interviews Paul Taylor on the Lake Hugh Muntz closure due to algae.
Click on the link below and move forward to 1.06 minutes to hear the interview.
Support from users and user groups across the board are flooding in for the Save Lake Hugh Muntz Campaign. Concern is high regarding the possible loss of this valuable community asset.
Just some of the letters below:
The decision by Council not to allocate any funds to LHM as well as the downgrading of the lake to Secondary (no- Swimming) contact has residents and user groups up in arms! With the lack of communication from Council and the continued decline of water quality it is only a matter of time before the lake is closed Permanently!
Out of desperation, concerned residents have organised a protest and invited Channel 9 to film the event.
Despite only 1 days notice, over one hundred residents and user group representatives descended on Bel-air park to have their very angry voices heard.
The story should be live to air this Friday the 16th March on the 4 pm and the 530 pm news but check the program guide to confirm.
You will also be able to access the story on Channel 9’s facebook page.