No swimming until tests complete after flooding
THE Lockwood family, from Gladstone, were again disappointed yesterday when a "no swimming" sign went up at Agnes Water's main beach.
And three-year-old Charlie and his little brother missed out on a swim yet again.
"We came down on Saturday and it's been pretty much closed the whole time,'' mum Rebecca Lockwood said.
"At first you could smell a bit of a creeky smell to the water but it seems to have cleaned up now.''
There were plenty of backpackers upset, too, as surf schools were cancelled, despite plenty of local surfers scoring some good waves off the point.
The council-employed lifeguard was at the beach and warning people of possible health hazards due to floodwaters and floating debris.
Gladstone Regional Council's environmental portfolio spokesman Colin Chapman said water samples were carried out on Monday and dispatched to a testing lab in Brisbane.
More samples were taken by council officers on Wednesday.
"The testing labs are currently in high demand due to the widespread flooding and at this stage the results of the tests are due late today or early tomorrow morning,'' Cr Chapman said yesterday.
"If the test results show that the samples meet the standard for recreational water, the beaches can be re-opened immediately and the surf lifesaving groups will be advised accordingly.
"If the results are not favourable, however, the beaches will remain closed until water quality does meet the required standard.''
Closed beaches as of Feb 1
Millennium Esp, Canoe Pt, Barney Pt, Calliope River and Futter Creek camping grounds, and Agnes Water.