Bacteria forces rock pool closure
HIGH levels of bacteria have forced the Gold Coast City Council to close the popular Currumbin Rock Pools to swimmers.
Water quality tests indicate the presence of Enterococci bacteria and Division 14 councillor Chris Robbins said the temporary closure of the pools was to ensure the safety of swimmers.
“We are not sure what has created this situation,” Cr Robbins said.
“It could be one of many potential sources – considering the rocks pools are in the same catchment as public and private onsite sewage treatment facilities, cattle within and adjacent to waterways.
“The health and safety of water users is the priority, which is why we’re closing the rocks pools until tests indicate that it is safe to swim again.
“Investigations will continue and hopefully the source of contamination can be determined.”
Heath Cameron came from the Redlands with his son Mason last Friday to swim in the rock pools on Currumbin Creek Road but they had to quickly change their plans, after seeing the warning sign.
“I was looking forward to taking Mason to the rock pools, since he’s never been to them,” Mr Cameron said.
“But now it looks like we will have to stop at the beach instead.”
Cr Robbins said the popular swimming destinations attracted large numbers of people.
“On the weekends, there would be 100 people – easy – at the rock pools,” she said.
“There is a sign up warning people about the closure. I would like to stress Enterococci bacteria is not a disease.”
Council’s Community and Cultural Development chair, councillor Bob La Castra said factors that contribute to the presence of Enterococci include heavy rainfall washing waste into the waterways from farms and septic systems.
“Enterococci is an indicator of faecal contamination and the possible presence of other bacteria or viruses that may cause human illness.
“Because of this we have no option but to close the area to swimmers, until water samples provide clear readings,” Cr La Castra said.
Possible symptoms of human illness associated with the bacteria can include gastrointestinal illness, respiratory, ear and skin infections.
The Gold Coast City Council recommended anyone who had recently used the Currumbin Rock Pools and was exhibiting these symptoms consult their GP.
...health and safety of water users is the priority, which is why we’re closing the rock pools until tests indicate it is safe to swim again
— Cr Bob La Castra