Blue green algae warning at Royal Park wetlands

Melbourne Water is advising residents to avoid the Royal Park Wetlands off Oak Street in inner Melbourne (Flemington), due to the detection of blue-green algae.

The wetlands are located in the north western corner of the large park precinct. Signs have been erected in the area as a precaution and residents and park visitors are advised to avoid the area.

Regional Services Manager (North East), Kate Nagato, said there were many forms of blue-green algae and the species currently detected may be harmful to animals and humans.

“People should take care to avoid the water and make sure that it does not come into contact with their skin or eyes,” said Ms Nagato.

“Pet owners are advised to take similar precautions and prevent their animals from entering the water or from drinking it.”

“We will be sampling the water regularly and keeping a close watch on the problem. Signs have been erected around the wetlands to warn people of the potential hazards.”

Melbourne Water is working with City of Melbourne to manage the algae bloom in line with Victorian Government guidelines, and will continue to monitor the site.

Blue-green algae occurs naturally in waterways, typically in summer, and erupts into blooms during hot weather, periods of drought, or where there is an accumulation of nutrients in waterways or water bodies.

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