South Australia Shadow Minister for Environment and Conservation Vickie Chapman
Torrens Closure An Embarrassment
Victor P Taffa
The Liberal Opposition is demanding the State Government provide compensation to businesses affected by the closure of the Torrens Lake if it is found the latest blue-green algae outbreak could have been prevented.
A project to eliminate algae that involves flushing water down the Torrens is being conducted by the State Government but information published today suggests the project may have been jeopardised by delayed work at Christmas time.
Adelaide and Mt. Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board employee, Alan Ockenden, has admitted delayed water testing resulted in bacterial growth not being picked up soon enough to prevent the closure.
“The potentially avoidable closure of the Torrens during the Tour Down Under, an event that is supposed to showcase our City around the world, is extremely embarrassing.” Opposition environment spokeswoman Vickie Chapman said.
“On the face of the information provided by the NRM water may not have been released at the correct time because of a delay in water testing before Christmas.”
“If it is found that the right volume of water was not released at the correct time to prevent the lake closing the Government should provide compensation to affected businesses.”
“However, nothing will make up for the embarrassment of closing a waterway in the middle of the City during a world class event.” Ms. Chapman said.