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17 February, 2021

Platypus Beach to remain closed to public users

WATER sample collection and testing at Platypus Beach has been completed following public health concerns raised on February 15.

By Andrew Sorensen

Photo: Michael Giles

The Mackay Regional Council made the decision to close the beach because of sicknesses, such as vomiting and gastro.

 Results from the Water Laboratory services have identified E.coli and Intestinal Enterococci present, which are found in faeces (human, livestock and wildlife).

“Due to these findings, Platypus Beach will remain closed while further water sample collection and testing is completed,” Mackay Regional Council Mayor Williamson said.

Mackay Regional Council CEO, Michael Thomson, said the council would be investigating a way forward to manage the site.

“Options such as implementing a Recreational Management Plan (RMP) will be discussed,” he said.

An RMP involves conducting a survey of the area to develop water quality objectives and a regular monitoring plan.

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