Wollongong City Council has advised that planned Australia Day activities will go ahead. Following test results (available here), the northern end of the beach is open. The results show levels of contamination quickly dissipating in the surrounding area to within the public health limit.
However this beach is unpatrolled and therefore swimming at the location is not recommended. Beachgoers are also reminded that swimming at any beach shortly after heavy rainfall, or while stormwater is present, should be avoided due to the risk of pollution.The southern end of the harbour remains closed.
The property owner (NSW Trade and Investment, Crown Lands), the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), NSW Health, Sydney Water and Wollongong City Council continue to work together to resolve the issue.
The private wastewater pipe servicing the Fishermans Co-op Building was identified as the source of the leak. Repairs to this pipe are underway.
The health and safety of beachgoers is our main concern and the EPA continues to monitor water quality. Crown Lands will be onsite over the weekend to monitor the sewerage system, with standby facilities if required.
Residents who have come into contact with the water and are concerned about any risk to health are advised to contact their GP, or call Illawarra Shoalhaven Public Health on (02) 4221 6700.
For any enquiries, please contact NSW Trade and Investment, Crown Lands on (02) 8222 4858.