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Beachwatch was established in 1989 because of community concern about the impact of sewage pollution on people’s health and the environment at Sydney’s ocean beaches. Beachwatch monitors beach water quality in the Hunter and other regions.
In the Hunter Region, beach water quality data is collected by the Hunter Water Corporation each week at 17 beaches across the region. Results are published weekly on Hunter Water’s Beachwatch and in the Newcastle Herald.
We routinely monitor four ocean baths throughout the year for water quality. These are Merewether Main Pool, Merewether Learners Pool, Canoe Pool and Newcastle Baths.
Beach water is affected by:
There’s plenty we can do at home to help prevent beach pollution:
Beachwatch is a service provided by the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) in collaboration with the Hunter Water Corporation.
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City of Newcastle acknowledges that we operate on the grounds of the traditional country of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples.
We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and continuing relationship with the land, and that they are the proud survivors of more than two hundred years of dispossession.
CN reiterates its commitment to address disadvantages and attain justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this community.