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Malabar Beach stormwater pipe’s days are numbered
Published: Wednesday, 17 October 2012

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Malabar Beach’s infamous stormwater pipe could be set for the scrap heap. The two-metre diameter pipe – which has been a blight on the beautiful eastern suburbs beach for decades – may now finally be removed after a Randwick City Council and Sydney Water project diverted the stormwater runoff away from the beach.

Randwick Councillor Pat Garcia successfully put a Notice of Motion to last night’s Council meeting (9 October 2012) that Council consider funding removal of the pipe in the 2013-14 budget.

Randwick Mayor Tony Bowen said the community would welcome the pipe’s removal.

“Malabar has the unenviable reputation as one of Sydney’s dirtiest beaches, but I’m hopeful the recently completed $3M joint project with Sydney Water will improve the water quality of the beach.

“Now the stormwater runoff has been diverted there’s no practical reason for the pipe to be on the beach any longer.

“The sooner it goes the better – it is currently a scar on the landscape and an unfortunate reminder of the historically poor water quality of the beach.

“Its removal will act as a symbolic cleansing gesture,” Mayor Bowen said.

The recently completed stormwater diversion project was funded by Sydney Water, Randwick City Council and a $400,000 grant from the NSW Environmental Trust.