Captain Andrew Meredith and patrol member Hayley Croke
Captain Andrew Meredith and patrol member Hayley Croke

Helping hands on the beach



LACK of lifesaving patrols at Casuarina Beach might create problems for swimmers from the huge new beachside subdivision, but nearby Kingscliff volunteer lifesavers will do what they can to help. Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club captain Andrew Meredith yesterday said at the moment there were not enough surf lifesavers from his club to provide weekend patrols at Casuarina. He also said Kingscliff surf lifesavers were committed to helping the Fingal Ro- vers Surf Life Saving Club whenever possi- ble if requested, because Fingal was a well- established patrolled swimming beach. However, Mr Meredith said Kingscliff IRB and jet ski patrols often headed down to- wards Casuarina and any 000 phone re- ports of beach rescues needed at Casuarina could be quickly passed to Kingscliff surf lifesavers via local police. He said lifeguards at the Salt resort township between Kingscliff and Casuarina might also be able to help out at Casuari- na, especially on weekedays during the holiday season. Mr Meredith was commenting after Casu- arina developer Consolidated Properties and Tweed Shire were unable to reach agree- ment on a lifeguard service at Casuarina. Mr Meredith said Casuarina Beach was definitely more dangerous than Kingscliff, because it was wide open to the weather, without protective headlands or offshore reefs. As a result, Casuarina had more un- stable sandbanks, more dumping waves and more rips.



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