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.
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.