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Capricorn Coast beaches close as dead animals wash up

A dead beast at a Zilzie beach
A dead beast at a Zilzie beach

8am: All Capricorn Coast beaches closedon Sunday due to health concerns caused by the discharge of contaminants - including dead animals - from the Fitzroy River flood.

 Emu Park's Main Beach was closed due to flood debri and unsafe conditions.

Dead cattle have been washing up on beaches.

Rockhampton regional Council said residents were advised to avoid recreational activities in the Region's waterways until the current flood event has eased and the water becomes is usual colour to avoid becoming various illnesses that can arise.

 Recent heavy rainfall has occurred at the Capricorn Coast and surrounding region. This results in storm water discharges directly into waterways (rivers and creeks) and the ocean.

However, all of the Region's water treatment facilities remain operational and there are no current concerns for drinking water quality or safety throughout the region. But any concerns should be reported to the Local Disaster Coordination Centre.

A council spokeswoman said the flood water from the Fitzroy Rive could carry microbial, chemical and physical / solid contaminants into the waterways.

"This will result in a reduction in water quality in our local waterways such as beaches and rivers.

"The flows in the Fitzroy River carry a lot of material including live and dead animals, decomposing vegetation, domestic waste and physical debris. Some of this is making its way up to our waters and onto our beaches.

"The beach water is a brown colour from the flood water. So it is a sound assumption that the water could be carrying contaminated material.

There is also quite a lot of solid matter in the water including bottles, plastic bags, and pieces of timber.''

Topics:  beach, fitzroy, flood




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