The media knows no bounds when it comes to selling news in quiet
times, but their exaggerated reporting of the current state of the
Lakes, and the willful use of old footage from a quite different
event, is just plain dishonest.
Yes, there's an algal bloom in the Gippsland Lakes. No, it's not the
toxic blue green nodularia form that occured about six years ago.
There is no smell, and no caking or scum. It has been present in the
water for many weeks, but as we all thought it was totally safe,
everyone went on swimming without any problems. Then government
departments returned from holidays, felt obliged to tell the media,
and the media sensationalised the problem.
Contrary to the beat-up, the Lakes are certainly not 'closed' and our
observations are that people continue to use the waterways for all
water sports. However, the health authorities now 'recommend' no
swimming: they warn that approximately 20 per cent of the population
may suffer from a mild skin irritation if they swim.
We've had a busy summer so far - the weather has been spectacular. Not
a single guest returning from their boating holiday has complained
about the bloom.
So if you've been thinking about a boating holiday, it's still
absolutely safe to come boating on the Lakes. Give us a call, or
check our 'last minute' specials that we continue to post on our
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