Council closes Thompson’s Beach

Redland City Council has taken the precautionary action of closing Thompson’s Beach after routine monitoring showed elevated levels of enterococci bacteria.

Council has erected warning signs advising residents of the temporary closure and will undertake ongoing sampling to advise when the beach is reopened.

While low levels of Intestinal enterococci are often found in waterways, the samples exceed “Action Trigger” levels and as such Council made the decision to close the beach in accordance with Healthy Waterways Healthy Waterplay guidelines.

Thomspns beach

Intestinal enterococci are considered the most accurate indicator of the potential for human health risk in marine and freshwater, so Council felt it was important to close the beach in the best interests of community health. 

Exposure to polluted waterways can lead to mild illness such as stomach upsets or infections; anyone with these symptoms should visit their doctor for medical advice.


2 thoughts on “Council closes Thompson’s Beach

  1. Jo

    Does this mean that sewerage has entered the water? I noticed the toilets at the beach have been getting fixed of late.
    Also how long approx will it be closed for ? from previous experiences of this occurring please.
    Kind regards, Jo.

    1. Allan (Redland City Council) Post author

      Hi Jo,

      Council is looking into possible causes at present. We don’t know how long the beach will remain closed, it will not be reopened until Council is satisfied that it is safe for the community. We will advise through our website and social media when it has been reopened.

      We appreciate your patience,


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