Bega Valley beaches star in State of the Beaches 2016-17 report

Main Beach, Merimbula
Main Beach, Merimbula

All of the Bega Valley’s 14 ocean beaches, estuaries, lakes, lagoons and pools have had their water quality graded as “good” or “very good” in a new report.

The NSW Government’s State of the Beaches 2016-17 report rated Merimbula’s Shore Point and Main beaches as having “excellent water quality and were suitable for swimming almost all of the time”.

Pambula Beach received the same glowing report, while Bar Beach and Pambula River Mouth estuaries rated as “good”.

Despite the positive results, the grades are provisional as the information required for the analysis is incomplete due to limited bacterial data.

Proficiency testing for Bega Valley Shire Council laboratory indicates greater confidence can be placed in its results in 2016–2017 than in previous years.

Bermagui’s Camel Rock Beach, Horseshoe Bay, Big Blue Pool and Beares Beach rated as “very good”, as did Tathra Beach.

Eden’s Aslings and Cocora beaches rated as “good”.