On eight occasions in 2010-11, the levels of pesticides, including simazine, atrazine and DEET, at Sugarloaf reservoir, north-east of Melbourne, were recorded above safe European Union drinking water standards, according to Melbourne Water data obtained by Friends of the Earth through freedom of information.
The pesticide levels were within Australian safety limits, but Friends of the Earth spokesman Anthony Amis said it highlighted problems with the Winneke treatment plant at Sugarloaf, which ''was never intended to filter out pesticides''.
Opening times The park is open every day of the year. Gates open at 8.30am and close at 7.00pm during daylight saving. Outside of daylight savings, the park closes at 5.00pm.
Aboriginal Traditional Owners
I acknowledge the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria.