Botulism alert at Frederick Baldwin Park

Throughout the year the City of Melville works to ensure its wetlands and the water quality of the wetlands are improved and kept healthy at various locations.

Fred Baldwin Park

At Fred Baldwin Park the ongoing work invested to keep the wetlands as healthy as possible is varied and significant, and includes:

  • annual water quality monitoring
  • ongoing weed control and revegetation with native wetland species
  • aquatic weed removal
  • mechanical aeration
  • rubbish removal
  • community education

Botulism - Preventing outbreaks

Botulism is a naturally occurring soil bacteria. When we experience warmer water temperatures and higher nutrient levels from decomposing vegetation, fertilisers or other causes, this can unfortunately cause an increase in bacteria levels which then leads to an outbreak.

In terms of improving and maintaining good water quality, the City's environmental teams do a lot of work in wetlands across the City including annual water quality monitoring, weed removal and replanting wetland buffer zones with native vegetation.

The City has also partnered with the Water Corporation to improve stormwater quality entering wetlands, successfully implementing the Bull Creek Catchment Water Quality Improvement Plan, and has also retrofit drains according to new Water Sensitive Urban Design principles in an ongoing and concerted effort  to improve water quality.

Community education and behaviour

Public education and behaviour is part of what the City does to help help raise awareness and knowledge in the community about water quality and related topics. When the community are educated it gives them the opportunity to contribute towards improving the water quality of our wetlands through greater  awareness of their impact on our local environment. 

The City has have information about water quality on the City website, a wetlands brochure and site specific signage at wetlands locations.

Various fun learning activities are also provided and promoted at the City's Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre. 

The community can take a number of precautions including:

  • not feeding wildlife
  • reducing the use of fertilisers and chemicals used in their gardens
  • not allowing fertilisers or household chemicals to enter stormwater drains
  • washing vehicles on their lawn, not their driveway
  • sweeping up lawn clippings and garden waste
  • backwashing pools into a soakwell, not the stormwater drain
  • picking up dog litter


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