Victoria Point's Thompson's Beach has been re-opened

VICTORIA POINT: Thompson's Beach at Victoria Point had been temporarily closed from March 1. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough
VICTORIA POINT: Thompson's Beach at Victoria Point had been temporarily closed from March 1. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

UPDATE March 12

Thompson's Beach has been re-opened for swimming after Redland City Council found levels of enterococci bacteria were no longer high.

The beach was closed on March 1 after routine monitoring found high levels of the bacteria which can cause stomach upsets and infections.

A council spokesperson said on Tuesday that Thompson's Beach was again suitable for swimming and other recreational water activities, in accordance with Healthy Waterways Healthy Waterplay guidelines.

"Recent sampling has confirmed that the bacteria – which is often found in waterways and can cause mild illnesses such as stomach upsets and infections – is no longer at high levels," the spokesperson said.

"The beach will continue to be monitored though routine sampling as part of council’s recreational water quality monitoring program."

ON THE BAY: Routine sampling has found elevated levels of enterococci bacteria at Thompson's Beach.

ON THE BAY: Routine sampling has found elevated levels of enterococci bacteria at Thompson's Beach.

EARLIER

THOMPSON'S Beach at Victoria Point has been closed after elevated levels of a bacteria that can cause stomach upsets and infections were found.

A Redland City Council spokeperson said swimming at the beach on Friday and on the weekend was not recommended.

"Council has temporarily closed the beach, erected no swimming signs at the recreational water site and will undertake ongoing sampling," the spokesperson said.

Routine sampling revealed elevated levels of enterococci bacteria.

"Exposure to enterococci bacteria can lead to mild illness such as stomach upsets or infections and council has issued the warning against swimming at the beach in the interests of community health," the spokesperson said.

"While low levels of enterococci bacteria are often found in waterways, particularly after rain and weather events, routine testing has identified elevated levels and council has made the decision to close the beach in accordance with Healthy Waterways Healthy Waterplay guidelines."

The no swimming signs would be removed when Thompson's Beach was suitable for swimming.