Safe beach this winter
WINTER will be a safer swimming season in 2011, following Coffs Harbour City Council’s approval for the temporary extension of winter services at Park Beach through this year.
The move will cost the council $17,680 spread over two financial years, $6440 this financial year and $11,248 in 2011-12.
For this the region will get seven-day-a-week patrols on Park Beach throughout 2011, which will ensure visitors for the Rally Australia event in September have a safe surf spot.
A successful trial of a winter lifeguard service was held in 2010.
Staff reported that the continual growth of tourism and the promotion of Coffs Coast beaches as being the best on the east coast required a service that reflected this commitment.
The issue of providing a permanent year-round service at Park Beach and extending the lifeguard service patrols at Woolgoolga to seven months, in line with Sawtell, will be evaluated this year through an operational service level review.
A report from the Land Use Health and Development Department said the Coffs Harbour City Council’s lifeguard service was the most progressive and comprehensive between Newcastle and the Gold Coast, with one of the country’s most successful education programs.