Ready for a safe summer

THE unfamiliar sight of red and yellow flags went up for the first time at Mooball Beach on Saturday morning.

The south Pottsville beach became the latest to be put under the watchful eye of lifeguards from the Australian Lifeguard Service for the school holidays.

Lifeguards returned to all Tweed beaches including Duranbah, Fingal, Hastings Point, Kingscliff and Casuarina on Saturday to resume their duties as the NSW spring school holiday break kicked-off.

Northern NSW Lifeguard co-ordinator Stephen Leahy said more and more people were visiting the beach each day.

"All lifeguards will be on duty from 9am each morning and beaches will be patrolled through to 5pm each day," Mr Leahy said.

"The Tweed Coast is proving to be a very popular destination, with the opening of the Tugun bypass and more flights than ever before coming into Gold Coast and Ballina airports."

A recent comprehensive study into risk and safety along Tweed beaches saw the need for more lifesaving services in spring and %autumn school holidays.

The Coastal Risk Assessment and Treatment Plan was endorsed by council and the Beach Safety Liaison Committee.

"We will be doing our best to ensure that locals and visitors have a great time on our beaches these holidays," Mr Leahy said.

Saturday was also a day for new beginnings for lifeguard Scott McCartney, who took over as Tweed Shire lifeguard supervisor.

"I'm looking forward to working with the council and the local community to make sure our coastline remains as safe as possible," Mr McCartney said.

"The Tweed Shire is becoming a major tourist centre, with our beaches being a big drawcard."

Fellow Tweed lifeguard 21-year-old Jarrad Cain has been appointed as senior lifeguard at Salt.

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