Bayside Councillors have asked for an urgent investigation into the loss of water quality in the ponds in the Sir Joseph Banks Park, Botany.
Speaking on a Notice of Motion at last night’s ordinary meeting of council, Councillor Scott Morrissey called for a report into the water quality, maintenance and long term management plan for the ponds in the park, with emphasis on the main pond.
The main pond has been impacted by a number of environmental factors in recent years, including blue-green algae, excessive weeds, a lack of oxygen resulting in a fish-kill, and stagnant water.
Speaking in support of the Notice of Motion Mayor Joe Awada said these ponds should be the jewel in the crown of Sir Joseph Banks Park which attracts crowds from an ever increasing number of locals and visitors alike.
“The ponds support a diverse wildlife. We need to look at how we can improve the water quality to ensure the future of the ponds,” he said.
Sir Joseph Banks Park forms part of the 28 hectares of bushland established on reclaimed land from Botany Bay.
Council recently upgraded the main walking track through the park and established a bush tucker garden with a funds received from the State Government’s Community Grant allocation.