Barmera residents have once again taken to the streets in protest, as the council has made the statement today that they still have ‘no current plans’ to drain Lake Bonney. This statement has caused outrage amongst the townspeople, many of whom say the lake is ‘unsightly’, and ‘scaring off tourists’.
“It’s an eyesore, nobody here likes it.”
Life long Barmera resident Lay Khader claims the lake has been a continual burden of the town.
“It’s disgusting, really. We’ve got this beautiful bustling tourist town, and then right next to it is this giant nasty body of water. You can smell the stench of dead fish emanating from it from miles away. I can’t even count how many tourists have passed on Barmera because of it. If something about it isn’t done soon, I worry that Barmera will be no more.”
With the council having a lot to answer for, we spoke to a Barmera council spokesperson on their reasoning behind the controversial decision.
“It’s not as easy as they think. We simply don’t have the equipment to displace that amount of water, and even if we did, where would we put it? Then on top of that you have the environmental issues to deal with. Since the lake is home to many native and endangered species, such as the native Australian carp, we’re forbidden from simply removing the entire lake. At this point there’s really nothing we can do about it unfortunately.”
The Riverlanderer will update as this story develops.