Request on Timeframes For Implementation of Griffith Recommendations

In the recent meeting with Council it was announced that a private consulting company will be reviewing the Griffith Recommendations to determine feasibility. What was missing from the meeting was any timeline or an idea of the process moving forward.

The Care Group have requested the following for clarification;

  1. APPOINTMENT OF NEW CONSULTANTS.
    1. Request detail around the brief, including inputs, and deliverables given to the consultants;
    2. Request timeline for the delivery of these deliverables;
    3. Request meeting with consultants in order to provide relevant info and some inputs.
  1. MULTI CRITERIA ANLYSIS AND CARRAIGE OF NEW REPORT THROUGH GCCC.
    1. Request detail around duration for this exercise and who will be doing it;
    2. Request timeline for this analysis;
    3. Once completed timeline and path through GCCC.
  1. PHOSLOCK TREATMENT AND SAND CAPPING.
    1. On the assumption the multi criteria analysis confirms the recommendations of the Griffith Report, being phoslock with sand capping, when can we expect the implementation.

Council have responded and advised they will communicate with Tony Webber from Alluvium Consulting next week to arrange a meeting with him and the Care Group Rep to understand issues from a resident perspective. The above points will also be clarified at the meeting.

The Care Group will update the public with a community meeting shortly after.

 

Merrimac High School Sailing Program at Risk Over Possible Storage Shed Removal

Council are considering removal of the sailing boat storage shed citing erosion issues.

Merrimac High have been using this shed for the best part of 30 years for boat storage to provide sailing a part of their physical education program and are keen to continue.

It would be a pity to have this unique opportunity for students to be introduced to sailing denied due to erosion issues that can be easily resolved. As with other areas around the lake, some overdue maintenance in this neglected area could resolve these issues.

The care group have raised concern over the possible removal and indicated that Council should be supporting and improving facilities providing this service-not removing and request they take into consideration the benefits of continuing this service to the local community. Clearly the youth of today needs to be given every opportunity to get away from their devices and out in the real world.

 

 

Brief Update on Council Meeting

The Care Group met with Griffith and Council to discuss the Stage 3 Griffith Report recommendations on the reduction of Algal Blooms.

Council have advised they have enlisted Alluvium Consultants to review the Griffith report and perform the feasibility study.

The care group raised concern that the Griffith report, a report with the scope to reduce the frequency and duration of algal blooms did not include investigation into key lake health issues including plant loss and stratification.

The Griffith specialist Michelle Burford confirmed that plant loss was not one of the briefs for investigation.

It is important that all aspects are included in the feasibility study especially key lake health issues. The Care Group will be seeking clarification from Council to confirm this is correct.

It is great news that well respected consultants are performing the feasibility study and is important that all possible options are investigated including aeration, one-way valve etc are considered.

The care group have requested a meeting with the consultants to ensure they are aware of key observations and issues from a resident perspective.

Council were unable to provide any idea of completion but indicated a possible meeting Mid Next year? This is not consistent with previous correspondence that advised;

Once Griffith University’s experiments and report are completed in June 2020, officers will then commence the multi criteria analysis process on recommendations from the report to determine the feasibility, environmental & social considerations and associated costs of potential options. This will likely take a number of weeks to complete.

The care group will be seeking clarification on the expected completion of review and have requested a timeline on when new can finally expect some action.

It is expected to call another community meeting in a few weeks to discuss the meeting after clarification of the above.

 

 

Council Meeting Restrictions Set to Silence Community Feedback

The community meeting was a great success today and would like to thank all who attended. The community feed back echoed the Care Groups many concerns that need to be discussed at the upcoming LHMSG meeting with Council.

Unfortunately key attendees at the LHMSG meeting including the head engineer and both Griffith Uni specialists will not be physically attending but online.

Despite many requests  for connectivity to display documents, graphs etc to all attendees as a necessary part of discussions, this request has been refused.

Clearly the inability to display information along with severely restricted time frames will hamper the ability of the Care Group Rep to convey and represent the community and is unacceptable.

The points open for discussion are included in the Reply To Clr Youngs Letter.

If you would like your voice to be heard could you please raise your concern directly with the decision makers below;

Council Contacts;

Email: lakehughmuntz@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Phone: 1300465326

Councillor Pauline Young
City of Gold Coast
T: 07 5581 6382
PO Box 5042 Gold Coast Mail Centre Qld 9729

division12@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

 

Park Improvement Works to Commence Next Week

Some great news with Council advising commencement of park improvement works that were indicated at the Care Group Meeting with parks back in February.

The primary objectives are to raise presentation levels, improve public safety, minimise soil erosion and debris run off into the water body, improve sustainability and the functionality of the public open space.

The Griffith management options report stated;

“Most catchment-based actions represent long-term investments in lake health”

With effective implementation followed up with ongoing maintenance, these works will provide ongoing benefits into the future.

The latest Griffith Report highlighted the importance reducing nutrient loads into the lake with modelling indicating load reduction the best option for reducing phosphorus levels! It is important that work is continued in the many other problem areas as the effectiveness of a Phoslock application can be hampered if there are still high concentrations of external phosphorus entering a waterbody after a Phoslock treatment.

It is important that residents continue to address any runoff issues from their properties including reduction in fertiliser use.

Griffith University Stage 3 Report Released to the Public – Community Meeting

With no commitment on Care Groups request to release the report before the upcoming meeting and the limited time frame, the Care Group had no option but to request release of the report under the ”Freedom of Information Act.”

I am pleased to say Council has now released the report to the public without the Care Group taking further action.

We are now digesting the report in order to formalize our view and will organise a public meeting in the next few weeks to discuss the report and get community feedback.

LHMSG Meeting With Council

Unfortunately despite Care Groups request to allow the public to attend the release and discussion over this report, Council have indicated this meeting will be closed to the public.

Please follow link to Griffith Uni Stage 3 Report

The battle to save LHM continues.

Algae Levels Already Consistently Above Lake Closure

Current Algae levels are a real concern. Similar algae levels last year were not reached until January, we are now looking at a lake closure in October!

To have the lake close in Spring is a disaster for all users!

This rapid decline is most certainly grounds for fast tracking the recommendations in the upcoming Griffith Report and the Care Group will be raising this at the upcoming meeting on the 10th of November.

Update On Meeting with Council and Final Report

Councilor Young has advised that the next LHM Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 10 November at the Nerang Administration Building at 2pm.

Griffith University experts will present their findings contained within the report to the group enabling questions to be raised and clarified.

A key point was that the report would not be available UNTIL AFTER THE MEETING!

Clearly this is unacceptable! The Care Group cannot understand the rational behind withholding a report from the community.

The Care group planned a public meeting after the release of the report to allow residents and users to raise their concerns to be addressed at the meeting. Without the prior release of the report, no community consultation can take place.

Representatives attending the meeting have to come up with questions “on the spot” without any prior review of the presentation or report. Again, this is unacceptable.

The Care Group request that;

  • The Report and any Presentations be available at least 3 weeks before meeting as has been the case with previously.
  • That the draft meeting agenda be available and that attendees are given the opportunity to add to the agenda.
  • That the general public be allowed to attend the meeting if they so desire – the proposed location has very limited space given social distancing.
  • That adequate time be allowed for discussion. There are numerous questions that remain unanswered from the previous meeting a year ago which is unacceptable.

 

Algae Now Above Closure Level- Still no Reply from Council

The latest algae graph show levels well above closure – after being opened for barely 6 weeks!

Still no reply from Engineering or our Councillor on basic information including;

Why is the report now 3 months overdue, when will the report be released to the public and most importantly when will the recommendations be implemented.

I would again request that concerned users and residents continue to escalate and follow up with Council on action to address the now critical state of the lake.

Below is an example of a letter sent to our Council representative echoing the concerns of the LHM community.

It is with great concern that I write this email due to the declining state of Lake Hugh Muntz and it’s future useability.

I voted for you due to your commitment to this area, the lake and our livelihoods. You once again expressed commitment upon taking power where you represent the community of Division 12, however since then I have been disappointed.

I have been made aware that there has been a lack of information flow on the Lakes action plan and therefore lack of action in solving this matter. I believe you are not responding to calls for information and there is no follow up for many months which is just terrible from a councillor who is our point of contact, our voice.

What is it you are hiding, why not communicate, what action plan do you have? Are you waiting for the problem to get too big and then just give up because it’s too hard?

This is not an issue that will go away and this is an issue that needs attention now. In fact it needed attention many years ago, but was neglected by the council and it seems that this neglect will continue. I know it is a big complicated problem, however time is of the essence which just seems to continue to waste away as does the future prospects of the lake with it.

Please act now, take charge, lead this community and make a lasting difference. Please change my mind and back up the commitment you made to the community that elected you and work towards improving Lake Hugh Muntz to its former glory.