Stink over state of ocean pool

Strong smell makes swim­ming un­bear­able

The Northern Star - - NEWS - EBONY STANSFIELD Ebony.Stansfield@dai­lyex­am­

ONE of Belinda Burke’s great­est joys is swim­ming in the Yamba ocean pool when she vis­its her hol­i­day home in the town, but now the smell is turn­ing her away.

When Bill and Belinda Burke last vis­ited, they were shocked by the smell and state of the pool.

They said they had stopped go­ing to the beach while they were here from Oc­to­ber 21 to No­vem­ber 4 be­cause “the smell was pu­trid”.

“It was dis­gust­ing, so bad I couldn’t swim in it,” Mrs Burke said.

Af­ter a dip in the pool, she said she couldn’t get the smell out of her bathers, even af­ter wash­ing them.

She said the smell had lin­gered near main beach and the wind blew the smell on to Clarence St.

Mrs Burke said it was in a sim­i­lar state last Christ­mas.

She said she un­der­stands the smell de­pends on the tides and the fact the pool needs work.

But she be­lieves that in the mean­time, the pool should be cleaned weekly so peo­ple can use it hy­gien­i­cally.

“At least get it cleaned more fre­quently. In the in­terim, keep it clean and the tourists can come,” she said.

She de­scribed the pool as a gem and an icon of Yamba, but now she would have to swim at Whit­ing Beach.

“Yamba is a beach place and the whole town floats on tourism. They wouldn’t sus­tain pop­u­la­tion without the tourist trade,” she said.

When the Burke’s left on Sun­day they said it hadn’t been cleaned once while they had been vis­it­ing.

She hopes it’s cleaned reg­u­larly over sum­mer so it can be used by tourists and lo­cals.

Clarence Val­ley Coun­cil works and civil direc­tor Troy An­der­son said one of the at­trac­tions of ocean pools was that they al­lowed the free move­ment of wa­ter from the ocean into the pool.

“But that can also be one of their pit­falls be­cause the ocean car­ries ma­rine life, in­clud­ing sea­weed, which can make its way into the pools,” he said.

“That’s what has hap­pened in Yamba. We’ve had some big swells and north-east winds that have car­ried sea­weed into the pool and it can’t get out.”

In a state­ment on Oc­to­ber 31 Mr An­der­son said the pool was cleaned less than two weeks ago, and would be cleaned again next week when tidal con­di­tions al­lowed ac­cess.

“But it is com­pletely nat­u­ral and some­thing we just have to learn to live with,” he said.


Photo: Adam Houri­gan

SENSES WORK­ING OVER­TIME: An aerial view of the Yamba ocean pool. Reg­u­lar users are wor­ried about the smell.

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