August 09, 2017
Randwick Council agreed to enact a number of strategies put forward by the Coogee Beach Stormwater Working Group to improve water quality at the popular beach.
These include improved signage at both ends of the beach, community education campaigns, new procedures for reporting pollution and developing concept plans to divert stormwater away from the beach.
“We can get straight to work on a number of these short-term proposals,” said Randwick Mayor Noel D’Souza.
“Council is very grateful for the time and dedication the Working Group has put in to solving this issue, and their findings and recommendations are a step in the right direction. I’d also like to thank The Southern Courier whose ongoing reporting has shined a light on this important issue.”
“Stormwater is a complex issue and unfortunately there’s no magic solution. Rain that falls in Sydney must go somewhere and typically ends up at our beaches. Along the way it can pick up contaminates and this is the problem we’re trying to solve,” Mayor D’Souza said.
Long-term structural options include diverting the stormwater into existing sewer mains or diverting the existing stormwater outlet at the southern end of the beach away from the ocean pool. Council staff are now preparing design concepts and costings.
The Coogee Beach Stormwater Working Group consists of representatives from Randwick City Council, Sydney Water, the Office of Environment and Heritage, two members of the community and a council staff member.