Dangerous surf signs in pipeline

THERE are no plans for Tweed Coast beaches to have warning signs on them for swimmers but there could be in the not-toodistant future.

This comes after the drowning of a 50-year-old British man at the southern end of Casuarina Beach on Sunday.

A fortnight before a family was plucked from a beach south of Kingscliff by off-duty lifesavers who were on a training run.

The beach is not patrolled and there are no signs warning visitors to the area that the beach is rated as a highly dangerous stretch of water.

But Tweed Shire Council has not ruled out signs for it beaches, and these types of options are outlined in a new strategy document for Tweed Coast's beaches which will be tabled at next month's operations committee meeting.

The issues it covers include beach access and beach safety.

Acting Director of Director Environment and Community Services Jeff Edwards said yesterday that the document looked 10 to 20 years ahead at population projections and tourism trends to see what will be needed to make Tweed Coast beaches as safe as possible.

"I think the reality is that there is not a safe beach in Australia," he said. "All beaches are inherently dangerous."

Mr Edwards said there were large numbers of people moving to the Tweed to live near the beach, and new developments were putting large numbers of people closer to what had once been unpopular beaches. Topics such as volunteer and paid lifesavers, beach signage and education are all discussed in the strategy.

He said organisations such as the NSW Surf Life Saving Association would be canvassed to discuss options for Tweed beaches.

SHOULD warning signs be erected on Tweed Coast beaches as a matter of urgency? Let us know what you think by emailing us at subs@tweednews.com.au or mailing us at Letters To The Editor, P.O. Box 6336, Tweed Heads South, 2486.

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