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NightcliffBeach at Rapid Creek and Lee Point Beach closed to swimming

Precautionary advice against swimming at Nightcliff Beach, adjacent to Rapid Creek, and Lee Point Beach has been issued today after routine beach water sampling by Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport (NRETAS) showed elevated counts of E.coli and or enterococci bacteria.

All other beaches sampled as part of the Monitoring Program returned good quality water sample results and these beaches are open.

"The role of the Department of Health is to safeguard public health and safety by closing the two beaches based on results received," said Xavier Schobben, Director of Environmental Health.

"It is reassuring the remaining Darwin beaches have good water quality and are open.

"We are continuing to investigate a range of sources including storm water drains and are working with NRETAS and other key agencies including the Darwin City Council."

Signs notifying the public of the closure have been erected at beach access points to the affected beaches.

Further sampling at both beaches will be undertaken tomorrow by NRETAS to confirm bacterial levels.

The status of Darwin beaches can be viewed on the DoH website at: http://www.health.nt.gov.au/Environmental_Health/Beach_Water_Quality/index.aspx

Latest test results are also available on this site.

Anyone who has concerns about beach water quality can contact DoH Environmental Health hotline during business hours on toll free 1800 095 646.

Media inquiries: Michelle Foster, 0459 166 801.