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.