Port Stephens: Beaches remain shut at NSW tourist spot after raw sewage spill

Holidaymakers have been barred from the beach at a popular tourist spot after they were shut due to a massive sewage leak into the ocean.

Port Stephens Council, about 2.5 hours north of Sydney, was forced to shut its beaches from Nelson Bay marina to Fly Point following the spill earlier this week. 

A sewage main was damaged during excavation works at Teramby Road in Nelson Bay on Monday and thousands of litres of raw sewage began to leak into the harbour.

In an update on Thursday, the council said the impacted beaches remain shut.

'Beach closed': Port Stephens Council, about 2.5 hours north of Sydney, was forced to shut its beaches from Nelson Bay marina to Fly Point following the spill earlier this week

‘Beach closed’: Port Stephens Council, about 2.5 hours north of Sydney, was forced to shut its beaches from Nelson Bay marina to Fly Point following the spill earlier this week

A holidaymaker is seen on a beach in Port Stephens. The council has advised visitors to swim at other nearby shores, including the patrolled beaches at Fingal Beach, One Mile Beach and Birubi Beach

A holidaymaker is seen on a beach in Port Stephens. The council has advised visitors to swim at other nearby shores, including the patrolled beaches at Fingal Beach, One Mile Beach and Birubi Beach

‘Beaches from Nelson Bay marina to Fly Point will remain closed Thursday 14 January after a sewage leak,’ the council said. 

‘We are currently waiting on water quality test results to determine when it’s safe to reopen the beaches. 

‘The community is advised to avoid swimming in the area.’ 

One visitor told the ABC they were told to get off the sand straight after the leakage occurred.   

‘I was like five minutes on the beach and then we had to go. Not fair for me,’ she said. 

A barrier has been put up to stop locals and holidaymakers from swimming at Nelson Bay following the sewage leak

A barrier has been put up to stop locals and holidaymakers from swimming at Nelson Bay following the sewage leak

Port Stephens is a popular summer holiday location for Sydneysiders, just 2.5 hours north of the city. The coastal region is favoured because of its beautiful beaches, sand dunes, coastal walks and national parks

Port Stephens is a popular summer holiday location for Sydneysiders, just 2.5 hours north of the city. The coastal region is favoured because of its beautiful beaches, sand dunes, coastal walks and national parks 

‘They didn’t tell us what happened on the beach, they just said there’s been an incident and we had to get off.’ 

It’s understood about 225,000 litres of sewage leaked into a car park on the foreshore, before travelling into the water. 

The council said the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), NSW Ministry of Health, SafeWork NSW and Fire and Rescue NSW have been notified of the spill.

Holidaymakers in the area are advised to swim at other nearby shores, including the patrolled beaches at Fingal Beach, One Mile Beach and Birubi Beach.

Port Stephens is a popular summer holiday location for Sydneysiders, just 2.5 hours north of the city. 

The coastal region is favoured because of its beautiful beaches, sand dunes, coastal walks and national parks. 

Two workers are seen on the sand following Monday's leak at Nelson Bay in Port Stephens

Two workers are seen on the sand following Monday’s leak at Nelson Bay in Port Stephens

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