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Battle of Barwon Heads postponed due to algae outbreak

Tuesday, 7 February 2012 by Jarad

It is with regret that Outlaw Paddling advises that the Battle of Barwon Heads race scheduled for this Saturday, 12th February, is postponed due to a  blue-green algae outbreak in the Barwon River. It was hoped that the outbreak would clear in time for the race, but the latest advice from Geelong City Council, Parks Victoria and Barwon Coast Committee of Management is that the toxic bloom is still a problem, with traces of the algae existing in the lower reaches of the Barwon River and nearby beach waters. As such, Geelong City Council has suspended our permit until the bloom subsides.

Here's the official word from Parks Victoria, as at 3rd February:

"Results from water sampling undertaken earlier this week show that the blue green algae situation remains unchanged, with low numbers still present in the lower sections of the Barwon River Estuary. DSE and Parks Victoria recommend that people should refrain from recreating in the river.


A number of swimming areas remain unaffected by the blue-green algae, such as the Geelong foreshore, all coastal locations from Geelong around the Bellarine Peninsula, including the Ocean Grove Main Beach (15W)east of 18W, and then west from Barwon Heads to coastal towns."

While the algal bloom is still present, Outlaw Paddling is unable to confirm a new date, however, we are aiming for a date in mid to late March (weekend of 17th or weekend of 24th) . If you have already enetred the event, we encourage you to hang on to your entry and wait for the announcement of the new date.

If you have any queries or concerns, please call Jarad on 0409 786 237. Please stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for further updates. A newsletter will be sent out when a new date is announced.

We once again apologise for any inconvenience.

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