Stapylton Sewage Spill Update

Published on 19 April 2024

The City of Gold Coast continues to work with environmental regulators following the detection of a sewage spill in the north of the City last week (Monday 8 April).

Repairs on the sewer main, which was detected in a paddock near the Albert River in the Yatala/Stapylton area, were completed on Friday (12 April).

An initial investigation has indicated the sewage spill from the underground pipeline may have commenced in mid-January 2024. A detailed investigation is underway to fully understand the cause and duration of the spill.

Results of microbial testing has confirmed that the river is safe for recreational use, but in an abundance of caution Queensland Health recommends seafood caught in the tidal reaches of Albert or Logan River is not consumed until further notice.

Queensland Health recommends any person who believes that they have become unwell from consuming fish they have caught to contact the GP for further advice.

We will continue to assess water quality and address any potential risks in consultation with Queensland Health, the Department of Environmental Science and Innovation and Safe Food Queensland.

The City is supporting Safe Food Queensland to engage with the Aquaculture industry to assess any impacts to their operations. Safe Food Qld is the lead agency for engagement with the Aquaculture Industry.

We are also working with landowners and businesses in the area which may have been impacted by the spill.