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Algal bloom forces Walkers Lake closure

Walkers Lake near St Arnaud is closed following confirmation of blue-green algae.
Northern Grampians Shire mayor Tony Driscoll said the popular recreation lake was closed to the public last week following reports of algae in the water.
Tests confirmed the presence of potentially harmful algae.
Cr Driscoll said while the timing of the lake’s closure was unfortunate, the health and safety of visitors was the deciding factor behind the move.
“While the council understands that this is one of the peak times for use of Walkers Lake, the health of both our residents and visitors to our region must remain our number-one priority,” he said.
“Blue-green algae can have quite harmful effects on the health of both humans and animals, which is why we urge people to avoid contact with the water. This includes swimming, drinking, boating, and fishing.”
Cr Driscoll also advised pet owners to keep their animals away from the lake.
“We will continue to closely monitor the situation and keep the community informed of any changes or updates,” he said.
Further tests will be carried out in the next month to determine whether the lake will be reopened to the public.

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Posted on Nov 29 2017

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