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ANY move to drain the smelly Ayr Creek lagoon
at Inverloch could be in part influenced by some
tiny feathered friends who have set up camp there.
A pair of endangered hooded plover has nest-
ed right where an artificial opening of the creek
would take place.
Conditions at Ayr Creek in Inverloch are be-
ing monitored as a result of the natural closure
of the Creek and formation of the lagoon.
As the Creek water has stagnated, algae forms
and the hot weather can cause the creek to smell.
Given the concerns raised by residents, the En-
vironmental Protection Authority (EPA) has been
notified and asked to test nutrient levels which
may be contributing to current conditions.
Bass Coast Shire Councillor, Julian Brown,
said the feature has formed due to a huge
amount of sand depositing in this area.
“The lagoon is constantly changing in shape
and size. I would have hoped that this feature
would have disappeared by now through natu-
ral processes,” Cr Brown said.
“That may still occur, but it is difficult to
know when this would be as it depends on the
creek water level, sand movement and move-
ment of the tides.
“Councillors are aware of residents concern
with this matter and believe that council should
advocate strongly on their behalf and work with
the relevant authorities.”
The council has been in contact with the West
Gippsland Catchment Management Authority,
who is the responsible authority for Ayr Creek,
to discuss the issue and options for an artificial
Cr Brown added that part of the problem is
if remedial works were undertaken, there is no
guarantee a new channel wouldn’t be closed off
again by movement of the sand.
Council will continue to monitor the status
of the lagoon and will provide further updates
when they are available.
at smelly lagoon
THE South Gippsland Rural Australians for
Refugees (SGRAR) held a vigil for Faisal Ishak
Ahmed last Tuesday, a Sudanese asylum seeker
who died on Christmas Eve.
SGRAR coordinator Felicia Di Stefano said
25 members and friends heard how hard Fay-
sal fought to stay alive to be able to see his
“Faysal had been forced to flee the militia in his
motherland, which murdered several members
of his family, raped his sister and wanted to re-
cruit him as a fighter,” she said.
“We heard how after over three years in the
Manus Prison his health deteriorated, how he re-
ported to Manus camp medical centre on many
occasions only to be given Panadol and how he
was sent away as, ‘there was nothing wrong with
him’, two days before he fell and was rushed to
the Brisbane Hospital to die the following day.”
The group lay flowers around Faysal’s photo-
graph, lit candles and held a minute’s silence.
Felicia said the SGRAR joins thousands of
Australians in asking the government to close
the off shore detention/transit centres.
“The boats are no longer coming and we push
them back when they do,” she said.
“The people on Manus and Nauru Islands
need to be brought to Australia, the asylum seek-
ers assessed for refugee status and the refugees
allowed to live here in the peace they seek.
“We join with the men in Manus Camp to ask
the government to hold a royal commission into
the death of a 27-year-old husband and father
who died seeking our help under our protection.”
You can join SGRAR by contacting Felicia via
The South Gippsland Rural Australians for Refugees (SGRAR) held a vigil for fallen
Sudanese asylum seeker Faisal Ishak Ahmed last Tuesday.
Refugee group honour
tragic asylum seeker
MINIMAL rain was recorded at South Gippsland
Water’s storages for the week ending January 7.
With warm weather conditions experienced over
the Christmas and New Year period, and below av-
erage rainfall predicted by the Bureau of Meteorol-
ogy for parts of eastern Australia from January to
March, customers and visitors to the region are
encouraged to use water wisely at all times.
Lance Creek received only 1mm for the week, as
did Ruby Creek, Coalition Creek 0mm, Deep Creek
1mm, Little Bass 2mm and Battery Creek 2mm.
Total rainfall figures for December 2016 are as
follows: Lance Creek 53mm, Ruby Creek 37mm,
Coalition Creek 56mm, Deep Creek 44mm, Lit-
tle Bass 46mm and Battery Creek 43mm.
“All water supply systems have begun to drop
as rainfall has decreased and demand for water
across communities, particularly coastal town-
ships, increases,” South Gippsland Water man-
aging director Philippe du Plessis said.
“The region’s water supply systems have stor-
age levels at or above 84 per cent capacity, how-
ever, the Coalition Creek system (Korumburra)
is currently at 81 per cent and it is likely sup-
plementary water may be drawn upon in the
coming weeks to augment the system.”
The Lance Creek reservoir, which supplies
water to Wonthaggi, Inverloch, and Cape Pa-
terson, is sitting at 87 per cent; Ruby Creek,
servicing Leongatha and surrounds, is at 84
per cent capacity; Coalition Creek, supplying
Korumburra and surrounds, is at 81 per cent;
the Foster Dam, supplying Foster is full; Little
Bass, servicing Poowong, Nyora and Loch, is at
86 per cent; and Battery Creek, supplying wa-
ter to Fish Creek, is at 88 per cent.
Westernport Water’s Candowie Reservoir,
which supplies water to Phillip Island, San
Remo, and Waterline communities, is sitting at
62.8 per cent capacity, after receiving no rain in
the week ending January 3.
Permanent Water Saving Rules are in place to
help all Victorians maintain a common-sense
approach to water use.
Simple water saving practices customers can
activate at home include:
• Using a half flush when flushing the toilet
• Fixing any leaking or dripping taps
• Ensuring hoses are fitted with a trigger noz-
zle and free of leaks
• Installing a pool cover
• Installing a water saving shower head
• Only running washing machine and dish
washers when there is a full load to be washed
• Limiting shower time to four minutes
• Planting water wise garden plants and using
mulch to hold moisture in garden beds.
Information about Permanent Water Saving
Rules can be found in the Services section of South
Gippsland Water’s website www.sgwater.com.au.
Use water wisely
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