Thursday, May 03, 2012

The Drains

There is a place that has long disturbed residents of St Kilda West and Middle Park and that is the Cowderoy Street Drain.

It drains storm water from a large area of inner southern Melbourne into Port Phillip Bay. It smelt worse than Elwood Canal, but perhaps not as bad as Mordialloc Creek. 

I can't find any easy to read information online for you, but reporter Dan Webb will be pleased to learn that finally, the problem has been fixed, I think. A basin has been built to collect water and it is recycled through natural filtration into Albert Park Lake. I can't imagine this impassioned report went to air, but Mr Webb certainly makes his opinion very clear. What a shame it is cut short. I saw Mr Webb on a tram in Armadale a couple of years ago, so I assume he is still alive.

10 comments:

  1. It's nice that something has finally been done about it. A good use of taxpayer dollars.

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  2. River, I suppose it is better than Bondi Beach where raw sewerage used to be pumped out to sea, a few hundred metres offshore. Might still be.

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  3. You refer to Bondi, aka Pong's-hi. Many many years ago [when current affairs programs were worth watching] there was a report on raw sewage being pumped out at the beach. The closing comment was something like "but Sydney-siders love their beaches, and are swimming on undeterred."

    But good news about this drain. I hate increases in the cost of living and I hate Myki, but I think Ted is doing some things that won't necessarily win him a lot of votes but which need doing. Sofa so good.

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  4. FC, I probably saw that report. I can recall surfers becoming ill. I am not sure what you have in mind that Teddy is doing, but I am prepared to wait and see what he comes up with in his last year before an election is due. Clearly the coffers will be full.

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  5. Bit of a shock to see Danny Webb sounding off, I remember him as a Mr Happy.

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  6. RH, I think it might have just been a crew mucking around. It is not how things were reported back then.

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  7. Anonymous3:57 pm

    Bondi sewerage is now pumped 2.2km off shore through diffusers. So little if any would be find its way back to the beach these days. Mind you I hear the fish are enjoying the new feeding lot.

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  8. Anon, I feel a whole lot better after reading that.

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  9. Sydney's beaches and the harbour are a lot cleaner nowadays.

    Dan Webb's impassioned reporting style is unusual.

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  10. Victor, but Harbour water is not quite to fish eating standards yet?

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