Salter Point lagoon to be considered in City budget

SALTER Point residents appear to have claimed a small victory as they fight to have action taken on algae in their local lagoon.

Department of Parks of Wildlife employees, City of South Perth infrastructure services director Mark Taylor and South Perth MLA John McGrath met residents at the Salter Point Lagoon recently to discuss the issues.

During the meeting, Mr Taylor agreed to make a budget submission for a report to be commissioned to investigate the issue.

Salter Point resident Sukhwant Singh said he felt the outcome was positive but he still had mixed feelings.

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“On one hand the work of the media and John McGrath has helped us convince the City that it’s an issue that won’t go away but there is disagreement about the precise issue,” he said.

“The feedback that we received was that it is an aesthetic issue but we are concerned about the reduction of water going from the river into the lagoon and we want to improve its health.

“It’s good that the issue is being met with some seriousness but my other concern is that a report might not be completed until December or even after that.”

Mr Taylor said a bid document needed to be created about why the council should support the project when it created its budget in July.

“It’s a complex issue but it’s not a public health issue, so it’s not as pressing as some other issues. If it was toxic then it would be placed as an issue of high importance, but either way it needs to be investigated,” he said.