Coffs Creek open for swimming
SWIMMERS can jump back into Coffs Creek but don't bother taking along the fishing rod.
The ban on swimming and water sports in Coffs Creek, imposed after a power cut led to an effluent spillage, has been lifted after sampling revealed that the water quality has returned to a level safe for recreational use.
However, a restriction on the taking of fish and shellfish from the creek and its surrounds remains in force.
The Coffs Harbour City Council has been advised by the Department of Primary Industries that, under the Fisheries Management Act, a ban has been placed on the taking of any fish by any method from the Coffs Creek area for 60 days from October 1.
This has been brought in because of the potential hazard of contamination.
Signs explaining the restrictions are being erected around the creek.