Opinion: Not surprised City blames rain for odour

Rotting weeds around North Lake are stinking up Kardinya and the Council should pay to clean it up.
Rotting weeds around North Lake are stinking up Kardinya and the Council should pay to clean it up.

AS someone who regularly walks around North Lake, I was not surprised to learn that the City of Cockburn is blaming recent heavy rains for the bad smell in the Kardinya area due to rotting non-native weeds.

As part of the environmental plan that went hand in hand with Perth Freight Link (PFL), North Lake was to have been rehabilitated by reducing and controlling the population of declared and environmental weeds in and around the lake.

As the City of Cockburn was one of the loudest voices joining the activists against the PFL, perhaps the Council should pay for the rehabilitation of the lake so that City of Melville residents don’t have to put up with the bad smell every time it rains.

It has also been reported the City of Cockburn is planning to widen Farrington Road to help with the traffic congestion in the area now that the PFL has been dumped by Labor.

A big chunk of the Beeliar Wetlands will need to be cleared to allow the council to widen the road.

It seems that their environmental stance before the election may have been politically motivated, not because they really believe in saving North Lake and the wetlands that surround it.

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