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Bay of smells becoming too much to take for some

Clarissa McAskill,4, struggled with the foul smells on part of the beach at Pialba.
Clarissa McAskill,4, struggled with the foul smells on part of the beach at Pialba. Robyne Cuerel

THE pong at some of Hervey Bay's sandy beaches is unbearable at times and has begun to turn away visiting tourists.

Locals know the smellier sites and tourists are unimpressed to discover them when they visit the esplanade.

The worst offenders reported to the Chronicle were at The Pines, Scarness, Shelly Beach and Urangan.

Tourist Greg Holtom of Redland Bay said he and his wife were disappointed with the stench of what they assumed was raw sewerage at three sites along the foreshore.

"It was an on-shore breeze which made it look as though raw sewerage was being pumped out to sea and being blown back ashore," Mr Holtom said.

He said the water would otherwise have been inviting - but noting the lack of people swimming, they decided not to swim either.

As a tourist to the area, Mr Holtom said he hoped this was a one-off and not the norm.

Fraser Coast Regional Council and Wide Bay Water said they had no reports of sewage on the beaches or recent calls about odours coming from drainage pipes.

Dean and Clarissa McAskill, 4, struggled with the foul smells on part of the beach at Pialba.
Dean and Clarissa McAskill, 4, struggled with the foul smells on part of the beach at Pialba. Robyne Cuerel

"I am disappointed that their holiday was disrupted," Cr O'Connell said.

"I asked Wide Bay Water to investigate and they have nothing to report.

Bad odours and picnics don't go together

A YOUNG Hervey Bay family say the smell on local beaches is so bad it forced them to relocate their picnic lunch away from the esplanade near the seafront oval at Pialba.

Dean McAskill said the family-of-four had planned to enjoy a lunch together on the beach near WetSide and the skate park on Charlton Esplanade.

But the less-than-stellar smell forced them back into the car.

"The smell over there is ridiculous, there's no way of avoiding it," Mr McAskill said.

"We came down to eat lunch but with the over-powering smell - we moved on."

Mr McAskill said he thought the stench was coming from nearby concrete drainage infrastructure on the beach.

Sites of of stink

  • The Pines
  • Shelly Beach
  • Beach Rd and Esplanade roundabout

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