Residents call for Ayr Creek to be opened
A FOUL stench emanating from Ayr Creek in Inverloch has wrinkled the noses of residents living in nearby Surf Parade.
Homeowners near the creek are frustrated and disgusted by the smell of the creek, and want the Bass Coast Shire Council to do something about it.
Some residents are even calling for a toxicity report from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
After some heavy rain in the past week, there is more water than ever lying stagnant in the creek, with thick, smelly slime lying at the water’s edge.
The beached area near Ayr Creek is noticeably lacking in people swimming and walking along the beach – even in the height of the busy tourist season.
Residents say that the water used to be pristine and clear, but now describe it as a “festering lagoon”.
“It’s been like this for about four years, but it’s gradually been getting worse. We’re paying high rates here in Inverloch, and nothing is being done about it,” one resident said.
“We’ve got serious concerns about the health of anyone who’s walking or swimming nearby. The EPA should really have a sign up about the water quality,” another resident said.
Peter Knigge, a resident of Inverloch for 15 years, said the council needed to be proactive and work towards fixing the stench.
“I haven’t swam here for years,” Peter said.
“It smells, there’s slime, it’s like a lagoon. We’re asking the shire to look into a feasibility study to open the existing channel near the creek.
“We don’t want a three-month-long environmental study. There needs to be a channel, ideally dug out to the existing channel that’s on the beach, to allow the stagnant water to be flushed out.
“I know it’s not an easy fix, but something needs to be done.”
President of the Inverloch Tourism Association, Dom Brusamarello, has made contact with Bunurong councillor Julian Brown to express concern regarding the issue.
“The new councillors have been very receptive to community issues since being elected,” Dom said.
“They are trying to take action. Issues like this are more complicated than they seem.
“We’re just asking for minimum interference to help nature along, to help with the natural flushing system of the channel.”
A spokesperson from the Bass Coast Shire Council told the Sentinel-Times that ward councillors and officers are aware of the issue, and will have to work with the responsible authorities to achieve a solution for this issue.