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Blue-green algae no obstacle to enjoying the long weekend

POSTED: 
11 March 2016

Visitors to the Murray River over the long weekend are being reminded there are still plenty of experiences to enjoy on and near the river despite the current blue-green algae bloom.

Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said the bloom continued to  impact on the river and a number of connected water bodies and it was important that visitors avoided direct skin contact with any affected water.

“Some parts of the Murray and Loddon rivers are currently affected by high levels of blue-green algae and visitors to northern Victoria must take the necessary precautions to avoid coming into contact with affected water,” Commissioner Lapsley said.

“However there are still many ways to enjoy the long weekend on or near the river such as boat cruising, bushwalking, paddlesteamer cruises, golf, bike riding, food and wine experiences and visiting the many towns along the river’s length.”

Commissioner Lapsley said appropriate water treatment was in place by local water utilities and town water supplies remained unaffected and safe to drink.

Accredited visitor information centres in the region are a great source of advice on ways you can safely explore the best of the Murray region this autumn.

Over the long weekend two mobile education units will be rolling into towns along the Murray River to educate locals and visitors about the current bloom.

Echuca, Nathalia, Yarrawonga, Cobram, Barmah, Bundalong and Wahgunyah will be included in the tour. People should keep an eye out for these CFA buses on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Information will be available about health and safety for people and animals around water bodies affected by high levels of Blue-Green Algae, and what you can and can’t do.

Meanwhile, testing for blue green algae is ongoing at more than 60 locations throughout Northern Victoria, with water authorities working closely alongside other state agencies and departments.

Visitors to northern Victoria are being encouraged to monitor blue-green algae alerts and public warnings by visiting www.emergency.vic.gov.au/bluegreenalgae or  www.g-mwater.com.au