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Wombarra pool closed after pollution scare

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Wombarra ocean pool. Photo: Google Streetview.

SWIMMERS are warned to avoid Wombarra ocean pool after it was choked with seaweed, turning it a translucent blue, and causing a foul odour to waft across the area.

A sign placed at the beach by Wollongong City Council on Thursday read “pool closed due to environmental factors”, and “swim at own risk”.

The Council said while its crews have emptied the pool of a significant amount of seaweed that washed into the pool last weekend, sea conditions have prevented its safe flushing and cleaning.

In the meantime, the Council is asking people to avoid the pool and beach area, where large amounts of seaweed have been deposited, and instead visit rock pools at Coledale or Coalcliff.

The pool will remain closed over the Easter long weekend.

Last year major refurbishment works were undertaken by the Council at the pool, including the restoration and reconstruction of sea walls.

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and 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 Australia 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 writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed 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 Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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