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Red Alert for Lake Ainsworth – do not swim

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A Red Alert has been issued for Lake Ainsworth in Lennox head following testing for blue-green algae. There has been a significant increase in algae levels compared to last week.

Currently, the water of the lake is 27 degrees. Swimming is not recommended and water should not be used for primary recreation.

Ballina Shire Council’s three safety levels of Cyanobacteria at Lake Ainsworth.

‘Slicks and scums should also be avoided when present as they are areas of concentrated algae and may present a health risk,’ said the Ballina Shire Council in a press release.

Ballina Council is erecting signs to alert lake users and say ‘users should obey all signage’. 

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  1. People still swimming and paddle boarding along with someone letting their dog drink the water. Must be an outbreak of literacy issues or more sovereign citizens who know better.

    • ‘sovereign citizen’ is a racial slur Rod.
      There are many different species of Cyanobacteria, many are beneficial for humans and animals. The council just sees ‘pond scum’ and puts up a sign. I know you oppose bacterial colonisation in all its forms, but I remind you, Cyanobacteria are responsible for the super majority of oxygen liberation on this planet. or as you call it, carbon sequestration. Maybe you should read ‘The Authoritarian Personality’, it my help with your diagnosis.

      • Really can’t be bothered to answer this one but ,do work on your literacy skills as I’m not talking about the Cyanobacteria ……..!


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