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Council’s Environmental Health Officers work continuously to improve environmental health for the community and the environment. This is often achieved by encouraging best practice for businesses and ensuring that legislative standards are enforced.
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Council has received a number of reports of fish kills in Cudgera Creek (Hastings Point) and Mooball (Pottsville) Creek.
Council staff are monitoring the situation and are in contact with NSW Fisheries.
Council at this stage does not know for certain what caused the fish kills in Cudgera Creek and Mooball Creak last weekend. However, it will continue investigations to gain a better understanding of what might have been the cause.
Historical events and ongoing monitoring of soil conditions at nearby land would suggested the fish kill was caused by acid run-off from acid sulfate soils.
The extended dry period experienced by the Tweed, caused by a delay of the traditional rain season, and the massive rainfall late last week – exceeding 200mm over 24 hours in some areas – created conditions extremely suited to acid sulphate soil run-off.
There is no information to date that suggests the flesh of a live fish caught is unsafe to eat. The death of the fish is caused by the effects on their gills and/or low water oxygen levels. Do not eat dead or dying fish.
Do not feed the dead fish to birds or pets.
Council is not aware of any ongoing health risks to swimmers within our more popular swimming areas. Please use common sense. Areas close to the creek mouths are the subject of good flushing effects, however, do not swim in water which is still disturbed or of unusual or cloudy colour.