State of Beaches report

Shoalhaven again scores well in State of the Beaches Report

 

Shoalhaven City Council has again scored extremely well in the annual State of the Beaches Report with the area’s beaches rated among the cleanest in NSW.

 

The Office of Environment and Heritage has released the State of the Beaches Report, 2014/15 – an annual scorecard of the summertime water quality at 241 popular NSW beaches and swimming spots.

 

Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash said that the report graded six of the area’s 10 ocean beaches as Very Good and the remaining four as Good.

 

The Mayor said she was extremely pleased to see the Shoalhaven’s beaches rated as being as clean as ever in the report.

 

 “The recent State of the Beaches Report has graded all 10 swimming locations monitored in the Shoalhaven City Council area as Good or Very Good,” said Clr Gash.

 

“This rating places the Shoalhaven as having some of the cleanest and most pure swimming beaches in the State.

 

“The great news for beachgoers is that water quality at beaches in the Shoalhaven City Council is of a very high standard.”

 

“Local beachgoers and visitors to the Shoalhaven City Council area can again expect clean beaches and excellent swimming conditions this summer.”

 

“While this is very good news, there are many things the community 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.”

 

The Mayor said the program is a collaboration between the NSW Government and Shoalhaven City Council to ensure water quality is monitored, reported and improved if needed.

 

Key findings in the 2014 – 2015 report included:

 

  • The consistently cleanest beaches were Shoalhaven Heads Beach, Tilbury Cove, Warrain Beach, Cudmirrah Beach, Rennies Beach and Merry Beach.

 

  • Collingwood Beach, Mollymook Beach, Racecourse Beach and Bawley Point Beach were graded as Good meaning water quality is of a high standard and suitable for swimming most of the time.

 

 

The 2014 – 15 State of the Beaches Report is at www.environment.nsw.gov/beach/reportann.html

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