Surf Life Saving Queensland has announced that Gold Coast beaches will begin to re-open today (April 2) depending on localised conditions, but is urging people not to swim in rivers or river mouths due to poor water quality as well as large amounts of debris in the water.
SLSQ Gold Coast lifesaving services coordinator Nathan Fife said the decision had been made in the interests of public safety.
“We’re continuing to see unknown water quality and large amounts of debris in the water flowing in from the swollen creeks and rivers and, at the end of the day, it’s just not safe for people to swim in rivers, near river mouths or near storm water drains at the moment,” he said.
“We urge beachgoers to listen to the advice of surf lifesavers before entering the water, and to only swim between the red and yellow flags.”
The swimming enclosure at Broadwater Parklands will remain closed.