No lifeguard for Casuarina



ONE of the Tweed's more dangerous beaches is set to lose its lifeguards this summer after managers of the upmarket Casuarina Beach resort decided to pull the plug on future patrols.

The move is revealed in a report to tonight's Tweed Council meeting which recommends that the council takes "no action" to fill the void by paying for a lifeguard patrol out of its own funds.

Environment Services director Don Buckley says Surf Lifesaving NSW has told him the lifeguard service funded by Casuarina Beach management for the past two years will not be renewed this summer.

He says Casuarina originally funded the service as part of its sales promotion after the council rejected a request to fund the lifeguards out of its own pocket.

Mr Buckley said there were many factors, including the cost, population growth and beach profiles which should determine where and when lifeguard services should be provided.

These issues would be addressed in a beach safety strategy which was being developed by council staff.

Tweed councillor and vicepresident of the nearby Cabarita Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, Steve Dale, said he was not surprised that operators have scrapped the service, presumably to save money. He believed signs should be erected warning people that the beach was dangerous and that patrolled beaches were located to the north at the Salt development or south at Cabarita.

He suggested the estate's management could consider the lead of Salt developers by imposing a levy to pay for a patrol.



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