For those who were planning on visiting Australia these days, particularly Darwin, we have a travel alert: Rapid Creek and Casuarina beaches were closed to swimmers yesterday, after testing found high levels of E.coli. The first E.coli outbreaks at these two Darwin beaches were detected two years ago, and the Australian government is still clueless about what it’s causing them. This summer, water quality samples were taken on June 1, but the results were delayed till yesterday.
Northern Territory Opposition spokesman Peter Chandler told ABC News that sewage could be part of the problem:
“I am no scientist but I would suggest if we are putting Olympic pool-sized amounts of raw sewage into our harbour each and every day, that is a contributing factor. I don’t know why they don’t come out and say, ‘Look we think it is a contributing factor but, hey, we are working to solve the problem’.”
Both beaches are popular tourist destinations in the area. While the beaches remain closed to swimmers until further notice, life will go on as usual. Tourists traveling in the area may swim somewhere else, for instance at Mindil and Vestey, two of the most popular tourist beaches in Darwin, which are still open.