Crowds threaten Blue Pools
THE Angourie Blue Pools have been hailed as ‘reaching iconic status both nationally and internationally’, yet locals are concerned they are in danger of being ‘loved to death’ if not properly looked after.
It’s been five years since a survey was conducted by Angourie locals to gain a snapshot into the usage of the Angourie pools, beaches and reserves, and the results show just how successful the tourism campaign has been.
What was most astounding was the number of people visiting the pools. On Monday, January 13, there were 215 people at the pools, with 21 arriving and 150 leaving in the hour between 3 and 4pm.
Secretary of the Angourie Ratepayers and Residents Association, Helen Tyas Tunggal, said the survey was prompted by locals noticing high traffic to the pools and the need to prepare an expression of interest for funding to address weeds and erosion problems in the area.
“It’s hard to make management decisions without relevant data and these recent figures will be kept with the Angourie records,” Ms Tyas Tunggal said.
Along with a group of locals, she made more than 60 visits to the pools since January 10 to gather the data.
She said the main problems the pools faced at present were weeds and erosion.
“There are weeds up to your armpits and the roots of banksia are sticking out of the ground on paths about 10cm in places,” she said.
“For the future their needs to be creative management of the pools and those that promote it should help to manage it.”
Clarence Valley Council manager of open spaces, Peter Birch, said he was not surprised at the numbers flocking to the pools and council was working with the Angourie Coastcare group on their grant proposal.
“Nothing specific is planned (for the pools) for the next six months but that’s not to say that if an issue arises that we won’t address it,” Mr Birch said.