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1988 to Present
Australia-wide efforts to celebrate the bicentenary of the arrival of the First Fleet at
Sydney Cove in 1788 saw increased
funding provided for local histories and heritage matters.
Public protests in the late 1980s concerning the beach pollution caused by
the ocean outfalls of Sydney sewage system prompted the construction of deep
water ocean outfalls which greatly reduced beach pollution.
Increasing council concerns about public liability risks and the rising cost
of public liability premiums saw a proliferation of signage at ocean baths.
Support for the Coastcare movement and support for conservation of coastal
marine life (even of the need to conserve once-feared species of sharks)
grew. There was also growing acceptance of the need for water conservation
and the use of environmentally sensitive methods of maintaining the ocean
The ageing of the Australian population meant seniors (people over 70 years
became a more vocal and politically significant section of the community.
Three ocean baths were added to the State Heritage Register, joining a number
of other tidal pools.