Very good or good is how 10 local beaches were rated by a state government department.
According to the latest State of the Beaches Report, published by the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Environment, Shoalhaven beaches are a great place to swim
The 10 local beaches monitored by the program have excellent microbial water quality and are graded at the highest level as very good' or good.
The monitored swimming sites include Shoalhaven Heads Beach, Tilbury Cove, Warrain Beach, Collingwood Beach, Cudmirrah Beach, Mollymook Beach, Rennies Beach, Bawley Point Beach, Merry Beach and Racecourse Beach.
Each year, In partnership with the Beachwatch program, Shoalhaven City Council monitors ten swimming sites.
For the most recent report, samples were collected weekly between December 2019 and March 2020 with sampling and laboratory costs covered by council.
Council will again be taking part in Beachwatch over the next three months.
To ensure that all samples are taken the same way and information is correct, sampling activities are audited regularly each year.
Here is how you can help keep our beaches clean
- Pick up litter in the park or on the street
- Sweep the gutters and driveways regularly and place the sweepings on the garden or in the compost
- Do not allow soil or mulch to be washed or blown off the garden
- Clean up pet droppings and dispose of them thoughtfully
- Rake up leaves or lawn clippings and use them as mulch on the garden or place them in the compost
- Grass or replant areas of disturbed soil
- Consider natural alternatives to pest control chemicals
- Maintain the car, making sure there are no leaks and that the fuel is burned cleanly by keeping the vehicle tuned
- Use the minimum amount of detergent for cleaning outside
- Wash brushes and rollers over a sand filter on the lawn
- Wash cars on the lawn or gravel and use minimal detergent. Empty the soapy water down the sink or toilet. Alternatively, take the car to a car wash where the water gets treated and recycled
- Make sure sewerage pipes are not connected illegally to stormwater
- Install a rainwater tank
- Direct roof runoff from downpipes to the garden
- Replace concrete or other hardsurfaces with permeable surfaces such as timber decks and pavers with gaps between pavers
- Get involved with Bushcare, Parkcare or Landcare projects that restore or protect local waterways