UPDATE #10 - Aquatic weed clearing, Hoods Lagoon, Clermont
Isaac Regional Council advises that sections of Hoods Lagoon will be temporarily closed to the public along Drummond Street and the adjacent walkway from:
Tuesday, 29 November 2022 to Thursday, 8 December 2002
The temporary closure is for public safety to allow operation of the aquatic weed harvester. The closure is likely to remain in place for 10 days while the removal and disposal of the Salvinia weed occurs. Following removal from the lagoon, the Salvinia will be transported to a disposal area adjacent to Charles Street where it will remain until it breaks down and is no longer a biosecurity risk.
Other areas of Hoods Lagoon will remain open during this process however the public are asked to follow signage and not enter the cordoned off disposal area where the weed will be stockpiled. Salvinia is a restricted plant under the Biosecurity Act 2014 and removal of the plant is an offence.
The public amenities on Drummond Street will be closed however the Centenary Park and Lagoona Amenities on Lime Street will remain open.
The mechanical removal is part of a multi-faceted approach which also includes application of registered herbicides and the introduction of locally bred weevils.
Ongoing monitoring and follow-up treatments will be required over multiple years to remove this invasive species from Hoods Lagoon in Clermont.
Property owners are reminded to be vigilant and if you suspect Salvinia on your property, contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 1300 ISAACS (1300 47 22 27) for identification and information.
Visit https://profiles.ala.org.au/opus/weeds-australia/profile/Salvinia%20molesta for more information.
Jeff Stewart-Harris PSM
Chief Executive Officer