All of the Bega Valley’s 14 ocean beaches, estuaries, lakes, lagoons and pools have had their water quality graded as “good” or “very good” in a new report.
The NSW Government’s State of the Beaches 2016-17 report rated Bermagui’s Camel Rock Beach, Horseshoe Bay, Big Blue Pool and Beares Beach as having “excellent water quality and were suitable for swimming almost all of the time”, while Tathra Beach received the same grading.
The Bruce Steer Pool estuary and Mogareeka Inlet were rated as “good”, while Merimbula and Pambula beaches were “very good”.
Despite the positive results, the grades are provisional as the information required for the analysis is incomplete due to limited bacterial data.
Proficiency testing for Bega Valley Shire Council laboratory indicates greater confidence can be placed in their results in 2016–2017 than in previous years.