Waiting on winter lifeguards

The verdict from council on year-round lifeguards has yet to be decided.
The verdict from council on year-round lifeguards has yet to be decided.

WINTER swimmers waiting for a verdict on year-round lifeguard patrols at Park Beach will have to wait a little longer.

Coffs Harbour City Council was due to make a decision yesterday on the proposal but a council spokeswoman told the Coffs Coast Advocate at the time of going to press, the details were ‘still being finalised’.

The city council’s lifeguard co-ordinator, Greg Hackfath, wants to make the famous stretch of sand at Park Beach the only beach between the Gold Coast and Newcastle to be patrolled 365 days a year.

Mr Hackfath is seeking funding for five lifeguards to cover Park Beach seven days a week for the five months through to the end of September.

Volunteer beach patrols ended on Anzac Day and the council’s surf patrols at Park Beach and Sawtell will end today.

If the proposal is rejected, that means none of our beaches will be patrolled until the start of the new surf season in October.

Lifeguards and lifesavers alike are continually frustrated their ‘No Flags, No Swim’ message is ignored by many locals and visitors on our beaches.

Dangerous rips continue to catch many unwary bathers off-guard and the biggest headaches for rescuers have been the treacherous North Wall Beach at the southern end of Park Beach and the Coffs Creek mouth.

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