Safety fears over fluoro orange water and dead fish
WITH holidaymakers expected to head to popular water spots along Paradise Dam, Bingera Weir and the Burnett River these Easter holidays, a Bundaberg man is concerned at finding pools of "fluoro orange" water, dead fish and other signs of contamination.
Darryl Hampson says the floods have caused a host of issues and that not enough information has been provided to inform the public about the dangers.
He said sewerage in the Burnett River, dead live stock and farm chemicals had caused unknown damage to the environment.
"During the floods entire piggeries when under water," he said.
"Farm chemicals, insecticides and all sorts were washed into the river."
It comes as Bundaberg Regional Council said the E. Coli levels in the Burnett River had been tested again, and were five times higher than the desired level.
Council Health and Regulatory Services spokesperson Wayne Honor said while the E. Coli levels were "now within an acceptable range for recreational activity, the council would ask local residents to consider alternative areas in which to undertake water sports and activities over the Easter break".
He said a chlorination facility was scheduled to arrive at the Millbank Treatment Plant on April 4 and this additional disinfection of effluent would bring the river back to "normal health" by April 12.
"However, until that date we are urging local residents to remain cautious about using the river for recreation and fishing," he said.
"Under no circumstances should bathing be undertaken in the river between the Millbank Treatment Plant and Kirby's Wall area."
A media spokesman said Bundaberg Regional Council was not responsible for water quality upstream of the Paradise Dam.
Mr Hampson believes Burnett River should be closed.
Mr Hampson said he had seen dead fish and pools of fluoro orange water at Bingera Weir on Sunday - evidence something was very wrong with the waterways leading into the Burnett River.
Despite extensive enquiries, the NewsMail was unable to identify the government departments responsible for monitoring water quality upstream of Paradise, with a spokeswoman for the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection unable to provide clear advice on actions being taken.