Rapid Creek and Casuarina Beaches closed to swimming

14 June 2011

Precautionary advice against swimming at Darwin's Rapid Creek Beach and Casuarina Beach has been issued today after routine beach water sampling by the 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 Karen Beirne, Senior Policy Officer Environmental Health.

"The remaining Darwin beaches have good water quality and are open."

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

Further sampling at both beaches has been undertaken today by NRETAS to confirm bacterial levels.

The status of Darwin beaches can be viewed on the DoH website HERE.

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: Robin Osborne, Media Director, (08) 8999 2886 or 0488 692 781