Maylands: City of Bayswater to remove algae blooms and vegetation in Lake Brearley monthly

Lake Brearley, Maylands on June 26, picture: Andrew Ritchie
Lake Brearley, Maylands on June 26, picture: Andrew Ritchie

PERSISTENT algae blooms and vegetation at Lake Brearley in Maylands will be removed by the City of Bayswater once a month, following several odour and amenity complaints from residents.

Bayswater Council unanimously supported the increased service level of manually removing vegetation and algae in problem areas in the lake from at least once a year to once a month at the August 21 committee meeting.

The works will cost $33,500 annually and has been sourced from the $1.12 million funding allocation towards the management of the lakes as part of the capital works budget.

Algae in Lake Brearley, Maylands on August 21. Photo: Kristie Lim

Friends of Maylands Lakes (FOML), which have been working with the City on a management plan to restore the Brearley, Bunga and Brickworks lakes, and affected residents will be advised of the decision.

The algae has continued to resurface at Lake Brearley after an environmental contractor removed three tonnes of material in June.

Councillor Catherine Ehrhardt said most councillors have seen the breakout of algae, which had a “revolting” smell.

According to an officer’s report, the City received several odour complaints from residents who live next to the man-made lakes, which was caused by the accumulation of vegetation and algae in the southern corners of Lake Brearley.

Algae in Lake Brearley, Maylands on August 21. Photo: Kristie Lim

Officers are investigating management options with other State Government agencies.

FOML chairman Geoff Trott said the extent of algae worsened again this year and it posed as a potential health hazard.

Mr Trott said the group made it clear it did not wish for funds to be drawn from the existing capital works budget.

“However, as we have been informed by the City of Bayswater that there is no other source of funding available, we are reluctantly agreeable to our budget being depleted for this essential stop-gap measure,” he said.