Drier weather helps give famous stretch a clean bill of health as State of the Beaches report finds 98% of NSW ocean beaches suitable for swimming

One of Australia’s most famous beaches, Coogee, has joined its Sydney neighbour Bondi in receiving a clean bill of health in the latest assessment of New South Wales beaches.

But problems still persist at Sydney harbour swimming spots, at Malabar in Sydney’s south, and at popular beaches on the central coast, notably Avoca and Terrigal, due to stormwater runoff. In heavy rain, sewer systems often overflow into the stormwater, causing bacteria and faecal matter to enter the harbour, rivers and oceans.

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