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Algal bloom closes Thirroul Beach

THIRROUL Beach has re-opened following the presence of an algal bloom today (Thursday November 29). The bloom had appeared off the Illawarra coastline this morning.

Wollongong City Council beach services co-ordinator Jason Foye said the bloom had stretched along Thirroul Beach, including in the designated swim area between the red and yellow flags. Thirroul pool is also open.

“This bloom does irritate the skin and that’s why we decided to close the beach. I’d recommend people avoid contact with the algae but if it does get on their skin to wash themselves thoroughly,’’ he said.

Wollongong City Council’s lifeguards will continue to monitor all beaches.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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