Wollongong City Council is asking people not to swim in Wombarra Rock Pool this Easter as weed problems continue to plague the newly-renovated ocean pool.
Over recent weeks, the water in the pool has turned translucent blue and was emitting a foul stench across the surrounding suburb.
Council says the movement of seaweed is a naturally-occurring phenomenon however this week’s volume of seaweed in the pool was so significant it blocked intake valves and required crews to bring a pump and excavator into the pool to remove it.
“Recent sea conditions continue to dump large amounts of seaweed into Wombarra Rock Pool,” says the spokesperson, “and as the seaweed is exposed to air and starts to break down it can create an unpleasant odour.
“Wollongong City Council is asking people not to swim in Wombarra Rock Pool,” says the spokesperson. “While Council’s crews have emptied the pool of a significant amount of seaweed, sea conditions have prevented the crews from safety being able to completely flush and clean the pool.
“Our crews are closely monitoring the tide, seas and swell conditions,” she says, ” and will carry out a full clean of the pool when it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, we’re asking people to avoid the pool and beach area and enjoy our other ocean rock pools like those at Coledale or Coalcliff.”