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The seaweed and seagrass that choked Cottesloe beach last Thursday has been pushed back into the ocean with a front-end loader.

The Town of Cottesloe yesterday stepped in to remove some of the remaining debris from the sand at Perth's most popular beach after most of the weed flushed naturally out to sea.

Town of Cottesloe chief executive Carl Askew said the council had not received requests to remove the weed but had taken the chance to use earthmoving equipment already on the beach.

"There is equipment that is being used in another part of the beach for a different project," he said.

Mr Askew said more than half the seaweed had dispersed naturally and the beach was available for use.

Last week, a perfect storm of weather conditions trapped so much weed against the groyne that the beach had to be closed.

Lifesavers warned the weed choking the water was so thick swimmers could get dragged down in it and the debris could harbour painful cobblers.

The West Australian

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