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October 3, 2022

Water lily lake neglected

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After numerous emails, and telephone calls to Phil Holloway (BSC Director of Community Infrastructure), and a public speech at the Byron Shire public forum last year in regards to the issue, there has still been no response.

Aren’t those in the council meant to be working for the people? Water lily lake is currently infested with weeds, and the silt runoff from the neighbouring area has caused the bottom of the lake to rise to such a level that it blocks the major drainage pipe outlet for many of the streets in Ocean Shores.

This can cause major flooding for residents, and as a result, the lake urgently needs to be dredged.

There are no more water lilies in the lake, and many bird species have noticeably left the area. The lake is also dangerous to children, who have been witnessed swimming in there, as they may become entangled in the weeds.

It is the Byron Shire Council’s responsibility by law, under the Local Government Act 1989 which is stated in their own Plan of Management documents, to take care of the lake and the park, and this is not being done.

Why should rate payers and residents have to put up with this neglect? Come on Byron Shire Council, find the necessary money, and get this lake dredged immediately.

Water Lily Park could be a great asset for locals and visitors alike to enjoy, if some time, money and care was taken by those who have the responsibility to do so.


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