John McGrath calls for action on Salter Point lagoon algae


South Perth MLA John McGrath (in white short sleeve shirt and hat) meets Sukhwant Singh (left), Frank Giancristofaro and other residents at the lagoon recently.  Picture: Bruce Hunt        d464171
South Perth MLA John McGrath (in white short sleeve shirt and hat) meets Sukhwant Singh (left), Frank Giancristofaro and other residents at the lagoon recently. Picture: Bruce Hunt        d464171

SOUTH Perth MLA John McGrath has called on the City of South Perth to take action after residents raised concerns about the Salter Point Lagoon.

Residents are unhappy with the amount of algae in the lagoon, which they say is getting progressively worse.

Mr McGrath said after talking to the residents he believed they should be heard.

“It’s obvious that the condition of the lagoon has deteriorated, the locals look at it every day and have to live with the consequences,” he said.

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He had been told by City officials that the algae would be removed if it reached 50 per cent of the surface area.

“I’m not sure if the City is satisfying State Government regulations but at the moment we have a situation that is not satisfactory.

“I don’t profess to have all the answers but work needs to be done to bring it back to its health of four or five years ago.

“I will be consulting with the Minister of Environment about the issue because this has been a beautiful area for some time.”

Salter Point resident Frank Giancristofaro said he appreciated Mr McGrath’s efforts to meet the residents.

“Hopefully we can get a result out of this,” he said.

When asked about the issue in December, City of South Perth chief executive officer Geoff Glass said the lagoon was a “healthy natural wetland” that changed its condition to adapt to seasonal changes.

“Salter Point lagoon forms part of the Bush Forever Site 333 that is classified as a high priority conservation area, therefore the City undertakes all required works to comply with State Government requirements,” he said.