Foreshores Beach in Botany Bay was graded as Very Poor, as in previous years. This swimming site is often not suitable for swimming during dry weather conditions, and is very susceptible to pollution from sewage overflows discharging to nearby Mill Stream
A cleaner, family friendly Foreshore Beach with shower and toilet facilities was promised as part of the Port Botany Expansion and envisioned in this artist’s drawing. “Restoration and enhancement of Foreshore Beach and adjoining landscaped area” – link to document . The question is where is the beach now and when are the poor water quality issues going to be addressed. Details of problems with Foreshore and Boat Ramp
In the recent Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW) Beachwatch report North Botany Bay beaches Yarra Bay, Frenchmans Bay, and Foreshore Beach were reported as Fair, Poor and Very Poor, respectively. The report states that:
In polluted waters, swimmers may be exposed to pathogens, which can easily enter the ears, eyes, nose and mouth. The skin is also directly exposed to infectious agents and chemicals through swimming, playing or working in polluted waters. This exposure can lead to a variety of health problems including gastroenteritis, flu-like illnesses, dermatitis, ear, nose and throat infections, sinusitis and deep tissue or blood infections through open wounds. The number of pathogens required to cause infections varies widely between micro-organisms and the general health of an individual. Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems appear to be at greater risk. Visitors without prior immunity may also be at higher risk than the local population.