Lifeguards Matt Nolan and Temika Wright on duty at Park Beach yesterday.
Lifeguards Matt Nolan and Temika Wright on duty at Park Beach yesterday. Trevor Veale

Year-round beach patrol on trial

YOU can hit the water at Park Beach with confidence with the trial of year-round patrols now under way.

Coffs Harbour City Council lifeguards are patrolling the city’s most popular beach for seven days a week throughout the winter which will take them through to the official start of the surf season.

Previously, the lifeguards only patrolled Park Beach for half the year from the beginning of October until mid April – the lifeguards were on duty from Monday to Friday and Coffs Harbour Surf Club patrols kicked in on weekends and public holidays.

Lifeguard co-ordinator Greg Hackfath was thrilled the council had agreed to the trial.

“It’s something I think has been well overdue in Coffs Harbour but in saying that we have never had the staff to manage it anyway,” he said.

“Having our two trainees will help with the implementation of this.”

The council’s director of land use, health and development, Mark Salter, said Park Beach was one of our most dangerous beaches due to tides and strong currents around the Coffs Creek mouth and the North Wall end of the beach.

“The beach is also a magnet for international visitors and we are constantly looking at ways to make the area as safe as possible for both locals and tourists.

“Council’s lifeguards say that the Tower of Strength has made a huge difference to their ability to keep an eye on the whole length of the beach. There are also new signs directing visitors to the safest section – close to the tower and the lifeguards.”

Mr Salter said at the beginning of the surf season in October, the council would review the outcome of the trial.



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