Valley opts out of beach report
DESPITE having some of the world's most pristine beaches, the Clarence Valley did not participate in this year's State of the Beaches report.
The report, which gained wide-spread coverage in metropolitan media, assessed water quality at 270 beaches across NSW from 2012-13.
Depending on how clean or unclean they were found to be, beaches were given a ranking between very good, good, fair and poor.
Only four beaches in Sydney ranked as poor - Boat Harbour just north of Cronulla, Northbridge Baths and Tambourine Bay in Sydney Harbour, and the Narrabeen Lagoon.
The report also found the most common cause of a polluted beach was heavy rainfall, which resulted in increased run-off.
Acting director of planning at Clarence Valley Council David Morrison said the decision not to participate in the report was made two years ago.
But he confirmed the Valley had been a part of the report in past years.
He said participation required constant monitoring of water quality at beaches and the Valley had opted to participate in a program called EcoHealth instead.