Shoalhaven City Council is proud that local beaches monitored by the Beachwatch program have again been assessed with the highest rating achievable.
The Office of Environment and Heritage released the State of the Beaches Report, 2017-2018 this month – an annual scorecard of the summertime water quality at 260 popular NSW beaches and swimming spots.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley said the standard of our beaches in the region is very high.
“Nine out of the 10 ocean beaches that were monitored were graded as ‘Very Good, and the remaining one was graded ‘Good’,” Clr Findley said.
“Our cleanest beaches were Shoalhaven Heads, Tilbury Cove, Warrain Beach, Collingwood Beach, Cudmirrah Beach, Mollymook Beach, Rennies Beach, Bawley Point Beach and Merry Beach.
“Council has been involved in the Beachwatch program since 2002 and this state government collaboration is vital to providing the community with accurate information to enable individuals and families to make informed decisions about when and where to swim.
“This is very good news for the Shoalhaven, there are many good things the can do to help keep our swimming spots clean. By placing litter in the bin and ensuring rubbish does not find its way into the stormwater system, we can all reduce pollution across our beaches.”
Beachwatch NSW recommends that people avoid swimming during and at least one day after heavy rain at ocean beaches and for up to three days at estuaries and lakes due to potential pollution from stormwater.
For more information on local beach water quality visit https://shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/Discover-Shoalhaven/Beaches/Beachwatch