Cleaning up: Big Trev, John Lawley, Miriam Everett and Bethany Shekel collect debris in the Jack Evans Boat Harbour.
Cleaning up: Big Trev, John Lawley, Miriam Everett and Bethany Shekel collect debris in the Jack Evans Boat Harbour. Blainey Woodham

Debris a danger to water users

RECENT wet weather caused debris to wash up in Jack Evans Boat Harbour and has caused unsafe conditions for boaters and swimmers.

Trevor “Big Trev” Arbon of Big Trev’s Watersports said debris had been washing up every day since the heavy rain started.

Volunteers like John Lawler go in the morning and clean the debris but by the end of the day the debris was back again, Mr Arbon said.

The Tweed River mouth and Duranbah beach also showed signs of murky water hiding debris.

Tweed resident Luke Cambell went surfing at Duranbah despite the colour of the water after a heavy day of rain.

“I felt dirty on my skin but I didn’t think too much about it,” Mr Cambell said.

“But I don’t think I will go out and surf this week because of the debris and hidden rocks.”

A council spokesperson cautioned swimmers to stay out of streams and rivers for at least a week.

“Water in the Tweed River and streams could include manure, fertiliser, mud and fallen debris,” a council spokesperson said.

Boaters are also being warned about unsafe water conditions.

Volunteer Marine Rescue unit commander Bernye Gabriel said a radio warning would be issued to all boats if any debris was found in the river.

“I encourage people to call in before they go anywhere near the bar or the river mouth,” Mr Gabriel said.

Mr Gabriel predicted the conditions would return to normal between a couple of days and a week.



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