Call to clean up filthy pond



AN outbreak of duckweed at the Macksville Rotary Park is to be removed using a combination of mechanical scooping and herbicide.

At their meeting last week, Nambucca Shire Council was told by their director of operations, Bruce Redman, an integrated approach to the weed problem was advisable.

Cr Paula Flack asked if the process would include the removal of litter.

"It's a floating tip in there," Cr Flack said.

"It's an embarrassment."

Mr Redman said reeds in the pond act as a litter trap and it would be picked up.

He also recommended signs be erected at three key locations around the pond, identifying it by its name.

Cr Flack said the signs should include information warning people not to fish or swim there.

"If we go to the trouble of erecting signs, they should include warnings," she said.

"It is not a healthy body of water."

The council voted in favour of the integrated approach with Cr Flack voting against.

"I support the mechanical removal of the weed, but not the use of herbicide. The water is polluted enough."



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