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Additional patrols for Byron beaches over Xmas

SURF life saving services have been extended for an additional six weeks at Main Beach, Byron Bay, for the next two years.

The extra lifeguard services have been co-funded by Byron Shire Council and Surf Life Saving Australia.

Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson welcomed the extra patrols for the Shire's well loved beaches.

"Our beaches are a magnet to visitors and residents. They are simply beautiful. To be able to extend the lifeguard service is vital for our residents and visitors," he said.

The additional six weeks for takes the service until June 7, 2013.

For 2013/14 the additional weeks commence three weeks earlier for Main Beach starting on October 28, 2013 and ending on May 15.

Lifeguards will also be present on the School Development Days during Term 1, 2 and 4.

As result of the additional lifeguard services, Byron Shire's budget will be increased in 2012/13 to $310,000 for this financial year; an increase of $20,000.

Mayor Richardson also reminded everyone to swim between the flags.

"Beach conditions can change quickly and the one of the best ways to stay safe is to swim between the flags," he said.

Additional beach safety information and regular beach condition updates, can also be found at www.beachsafe.org.au

Back in October, the newly formed North Coast Destination Network and Surf Life Saving NSW joined forces to educate international visitors about beach safety at beaches between Tweed Heads and Port Stephens.

Coinciding with the warmer weather and start of the Surf Life Saving season, pamphlets, posters, counter displays and DVDs were distributed to Visitor Centres, airports and international language schools in north coast towns frequented by international visitors.

 

Beach No of Lifeguards Days per week Start Date Finish Date
South Golden Beach 2 7 Thur 20/12/2012 Tue 29/1/2013
Brunswick Heads Main Beach 2 5

Thur 20/12/2012

Mon 15/04/2013

Tue 29/01/2013

Fri 26/04/2013
First Sun Holiday Park 2 7

Thur 20/12/2012

Fri 29/3/2013

Sat 13/4/2013

Tue 29/1/2013

Mon 01/04/2013

Sun 28/04/2013
*Byron Bay Main Beach 2 5 Mon19/11/2012 Sun 09/06/2013
The Pass 1 7

Sat 22/12/2012

Fri 29/03/2013

Mon 28/01/2013

Mon 01/04/2013
Wategos 1 7

Sat 22/12/2012

Fri 29/03/2013

Mon 28/01/2013

Mon 01/04/2013
Tallow Beach 1 7

Sat 22/12/2012

Fri 29/03/2013

Mon 28/01/2013

Mon 01/04/2013
Suffolk Park 2 7 Thur 20/12/2012 Tue 29/01/2013
Broken Head Beach 2 7 Sat 22/12/2012 Mon 28/01/2013

 

Note - The Surf Life Saving Volunteers will patrol Brunswick Heads and Byron Main Beaches on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays during the 2012/2013 Season

The Pass, Wategos and Tallow Beaches fall under the Management of the Cape Byron Headland Trust

*An additional roving patrol member will be provided on Byron Bay Main Beach during the NSW Christmas and April School Holidays from 24/12/2012 to 25/1/2013 and from 15/4/2013 to 26/4/2013 and during the

QLD and NSW "Schoolies" season from 19/11/2012 through to 30/11/2012.

*An additional Service of two Lifeguards will be provided for Byron Bay, Main Beach, on New Years Eve from 6.00pm through to 2.00am.

Topics:  byron shire council, surf life saving



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