2022 March: Wood Wood (Victoria). Blue Green Algae

Victorian towns plead for running water supply, sewerage systems



When Steve Kendrick first arrived in Wood Wood, on the banks of the Murray River in north-west Victoria, he fell in love with the location and made his dream to run a caravan park a reality.

But the Wood Wood General Store and the caravan park operator faces an uncertain future.

“It’s something we were aware of to a point, that everybody in Wood Wood — even the businesses — have to rely on pumping from the river for domestic use,” he said.

“[Otherwise] they have to buy tank water in for drinking water as it doesn’t really rain in the Mallee very much.”

Five years ago, the Department of Health in Bendigo contacted Mr Kendrick about a blue-green algae event in the town with a population of 85.