Sewage smell and debris at beaches
RESIDENTS have expressed concerns about the smell of sewage and debris at Safety Bay and Shoalwater beaches.
Deb Crane said Safety Bay beach was “absolutely disgusting” last week.
She said dogs should be kept off the beach and urged people to wear face masks if walking close by. Daron Harvey was similarly appalled. “Algal blooms, dead dolphin calves, dead fish, dead jelly fish and dead birds; as a long time resident I am disgusted with the current handling and management of this area,” he said.
Jake Cotchin said he found a dead baby dolphin while kite surfing about a month ago.
He said he believed it was linked to the poor conditions in the area.
The City of Rockingham issued advice about an algal bloom in Shoalwater Bay on April 12, but removed warning signs and lifted the advice on April 16, stating the bloom had dispersed.
Precautionary advice issued by the Water Corporation for an area off Cape Peron on March 23 is still in place.
The corporation urged people not to swim, dive, kayak or fish (including shellfish) within a 4km exclusion zone around the Cape Peron Ocean Outlet.
With works not expected to be complete until October 2019, the corporation could not give an end date to the problem.
“Ongoing sampling is continuing and the results will help us to work with our regulators to determine when the advice can be lifted,” a spokesman said.
He said it was not the result of old facilities being flushed for the upgrades.
“There has been speculation on social media that raw sewage was being released from the ocean outlet,” he said. “This is not correct. “All wastewater that is released from the ocean outlet has undergone various forms of treatment before it is released into the environment.”
Residents Sam Peters, Shane Mazoue and Jake Cotchin say the problems have been going on for months. Below: Deb Crane took this photo at Safety Bay beach on April 18.