Murrays Corner - Paddys River

Pierces Creek Forest, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

WATER QUALITY INFORMATION

Standing Bacteria Alert: Swimming should be avoided for several days after heavy rainfall as bacterial levels are strongly affected by such events.

SITE INFORMATION

Murrays Corner is a pleasant little picnic area on the bend of the Paddys River. This is one of our DOG-FRIENDLY picnic areas and a good place for the whole family to have a splash in the river.

Facilities include:

•Toilets
•Gas barbecues
•Shelter
•Picnic tables
•Off leash dog exercise area
•Fishing
•Swimming

There are no bins provided, please take your rubbish home and recycle.

Be aware that phone reception is not reliable throughout the Paddy's River Corridor. Do not depend on your phone for safety or directions.

For further information go to - https://www.environment.act.gov.au/parks-conservation/parks-and-reserves/find-a-park/murrumbidgee-river-corridor/murrays-corner

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on November 29th, 2021. Transport Canberra & City Services - ACT Government updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on December 1st, 2021 at 11:07 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Murrays Corner - Paddys River is sampled weekly from September 30th to April 30th.

Source Information

Environment Protection (EP) monitors freshwater recreational sites for blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria). Health Protection Services (HPS) monitors sites for bacteria by testing for intestinal enterococci, a faecal indicator organism used to assess water quality. Sampling and analysis is carried out in accordance with the ACT Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality.

Blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria) and Bacteria (intestinal enterococci, a faecal indicator) are monitored to evaluate water quality for recreational purposes. Bacteria water quality criteria only applies to primary contact activities e.g. swimming, water-skiing, diving etc. Blue- green algae water quality criteria applies to both primary and secondary contact activities e.g. sailing, rowing, kayaking etc.


Blue-green algae is tested all year-round on a weekly basis. Faecal indicators are tested weekly during the recreation season (September/ October to April).

Samples are typically collected on Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a public holiday). Secondary resampling if required occurs on the following day.

Water quality results are posted on the Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) website, http://www.tccs.act.gov.au/city-living/recreation/waterways/water_quality_in_our_lakes_and_ponds
Water quality advisory signs are located at all recreational areas where sampling occurs and as required are changed to reflect the status of a designated site.
Microbial results are entered into a spreadsheet which is sent out to designated stakeholders. From October 2017 the microbial results may be available from the data act website. Certificates of analysis are sent to Environmental Health at the HPS.

Advisories are issued when water quality exceeds either cyanobacteria and cyanotoxin criteria or when enterococci levels exceed public health risk criteria.

Beaches are given a green (pass) status if their most recent sample results meet both of the following protective criteria :
Enterococci: 200 cfu/100mL

Cyanobacteria: less than 20,000 Indicative Microcystis aeruginosa algae cells/ml

Beaches are given a red (fail) if they exceed either of the following protective criteria:
Enterococci: 200 cfu/100mL

Cyanobacteria: 20,000 Indicative Microcystis aeruginosa algae cells/ml (Medium alert)

Additional warnings are issued when cyanobacteria level reach high (≥50,000 cells/ml) or extreme ( ≥125,000 cells/ml) levels.

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Water Quality Graph

Murrays Corner - Paddys River

Pierces Creek Forest, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on November 29th, 2021. Transport Canberra & City Services - ACT Government updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on December 1st, 2021 at 11:07 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

WATER QUALITY INFORMATION

Standing Bacteria Alert: Swimming should be avoided for several days after heavy rainfall as bacterial levels are strongly affected by such events.

SITE INFORMATION

Murrays Corner is a pleasant little picnic area on the bend of the Paddys River. This is one of our DOG-FRIENDLY picnic areas and a good place for the whole family to have a splash in the river.

Facilities include:

•Toilets
•Gas barbecues
•Shelter
•Picnic tables
•Off leash dog exercise area
•Fishing
•Swimming

There are no bins provided, please take your rubbish home and recycle.

Be aware that phone reception is not reliable throughout the Paddy's River Corridor. Do not depend on your phone for safety or directions.

For further information go to - https://www.environment.act.gov.au/parks-conservation/parks-and-reserves/find-a-park/murrumbidgee-river-corridor/murrays-corner

Monitoring Frequency

Murrays Corner - Paddys River is sampled weekly from September 30th to April 30th.

Source Information

Environment Protection (EP) monitors freshwater recreational sites for blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria). Health Protection Services (HPS) monitors sites for bacteria by testing for intestinal enterococci, a faecal indicator organism used to assess water quality. Sampling and analysis is carried out in accordance with the ACT Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality.

Blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria) and Bacteria (intestinal enterococci, a faecal indicator) are monitored to evaluate water quality for recreational purposes. Bacteria water quality criteria only applies to primary contact activities e.g. swimming, water-skiing, diving etc. Blue- green algae water quality criteria applies to both primary and secondary contact activities e.g. sailing, rowing, kayaking etc.


Blue-green algae is tested all year-round on a weekly basis. Faecal indicators are tested weekly during the recreation season (September/ October to April).

Samples are typically collected on Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a public holiday). Secondary resampling if required occurs on the following day.

Water quality results are posted on the Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) website, http://www.tccs.act.gov.au/city-living/recreation/waterways/water_quality_in_our_lakes_and_ponds
Water quality advisory signs are located at all recreational areas where sampling occurs and as required are changed to reflect the status of a designated site.
Microbial results are entered into a spreadsheet which is sent out to designated stakeholders. From October 2017 the microbial results may be available from the data act website. Certificates of analysis are sent to Environmental Health at the HPS.

Advisories are issued when water quality exceeds either cyanobacteria and cyanotoxin criteria or when enterococci levels exceed public health risk criteria.

Beaches are given a green (pass) status if their most recent sample results meet both of the following protective criteria :
Enterococci: 200 cfu/100mL

Cyanobacteria: less than 20,000 Indicative Microcystis aeruginosa algae cells/ml

Beaches are given a red (fail) if they exceed either of the following protective criteria:
Enterococci: 200 cfu/100mL

Cyanobacteria: 20,000 Indicative Microcystis aeruginosa algae cells/ml (Medium alert)

Additional warnings are issued when cyanobacteria level reach high (≥50,000 cells/ml) or extreme ( ≥125,000 cells/ml) levels.

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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