Griffith City Council has taken steps to overcome the issues at Lake Wyangan, with the addition of a new position to combat ongoing water quality and blue-green algae issues.
Council has advertised for a project officer, whose primary job will be to aid in finding a solution to ongoing issues.
Acting Director Sustainable Development Phil Harding said oosition will aid in finding a fix for the lake.
“The Project Officer will work closely with the Committee, stakeholders and Council Officers in finding a solution for the Lake, including the implementation of the Lake Wyangan and Catchment Management Strategy and Technical Report,” he said.
The report, issued in October 2016, details a number of different potential strategies for council to combat the issue.
Australian wetland expert Geoff Sainty has raised issue with the report, saying while it may be comprehensive and thorough, it gives him “option anxiety” because of the number of possible solutions.
A plan put forward by Mr Sainty last year would see a natural wetland habitat on the shoreline to assist in the fight against Lake Wyangan’s ongoing health issues.
Council has also called for expressions of interest from groups, businesses, individuals or community members who might be able to help out.
Mr Harding said council “will consider all submissions from the EOI with a report being presented to Council for determination”.
Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi has previously outlined other steps being taken to improve water quality within the Lake, including the use of ultrasound devices in south Lake Wyangan to test the control of algal outbreaks.
In the past, Mayor Dal Broi has also confirmed plans to put money aside and explore funding avenues to combat the issue.
“We’d like to make available about $500,000 to start to implement some of these procedures so that we can improve some of the quality of the water,” he said.
Mr Sainty said the decision to employ a project officer was a “big waste of ratepayers money”.
”They’ve had the answer in front of them the entire time … my biggest questions is why we still don’t have a step-by-step solution,” he said.
Mr Sainty has frequently cited key issues with Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI), the privately owned irrigation company who manages the south lake’s water.
“They don't give a damn about water quality. They never have”.
He also expressed disappointment in council’s decision not to spray the cumbungi weed along Lake Wyangan’s shoreline.
“We’re 12 months behind now. I feel like we’ve lost another year with that weed.”
Submissions for expressions of interest close on June 4. Interested parties can visit Griffith City Council’s website for more information.