Strong turnout for Lake Albert algae meeting prompts action, calls for formation of Lake committee

More than 40 residents attended a gathering at Apex Park on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the impact of blue-green algae on local business.

It comes after the lake’s closure in December due to dangerously high readings of cyanobacteria, which affected New Year’s Eve events and scheduled water sports camps.

Lyn Taylor, whose Facebook ‘rant’ prompted the rally, was thrilled with the turnout and said it was important for people to work together and find a solution.

Wagga City Council general manager Peter Thompson attended the meeting and said it was clear the community wanted an answer.

“It is a recurring problem and they are looking for a solution and a time frame for delivery,” he said.

“The community is aware possible solutions have been raised in the past but they don’t know the outcome of those suggestions. 

Mr Thompson believes the meeting emphasised the importance of open communication about lake managment.

“The management of the lake is an issue which the Council has already accepted needs a solution,” he said.

“One of the outcomes of the meeting will be better communication about what council is doing.”

Wagga City councillor Tim Koschel, who was also in attendance alongside fellow councillor Dan Hayes, said it was good to see a physical turnout following social media support.

“I was really pleased to see so many people down there,” Cr Koschel said.

“It’s important that residents come out but we’ll want to run a follow up meeting in the future to check in again.”

Though it’s unlikely the lake will see a rapid algal reduction this summer, residents and councillors alike are hopeful to see change by next year.

“Plans are in place but we just need to communicate that more broadly,” Cr Koschel said.