Responsibility key to resident action

By LEONIE BRANN

HAVING a sense of responsibility for what happens on the beach has been the principle reason behind the formation of the Casuarina Beach Residents' Association Beach Safety Committee.

"We wanted to give residents and visitors some knowledge about beach safety," safety committee member Phil Bartel, who works as a paramedic in Queensland, said.

"Living in a seaside community, we have some responsibility to make sure of our residents and visitors know how to use the beach safely.

"That is why we decided to form the sub-committee of the residents association."

Mr Bartel said the Beach Safety Committee had enlisted the help of Cabarita Beach Surf Life Saving Club and the new Salt Surf Life Saving Club, to pass on vital skills to residents who could keep a trained eye on the beach notorious for rips and currents.

"I work as a paramedic in Queensland and have a love of the surf, so I have a keen interest in beach safety especially when you see so many people using the beach without any idea of the possible dangers," Mr

Bartel said.

So far the committee has overseen the installation of numbered beach access signs to minimise the time it takes for emergency services to respond to accidents or rescue situations on Casuarina Beach.

The committee will hold its first CPR training day on November 21 and two beach awareness days are planned for this month and December, with the Casuarina community being notified by way of a leaflet drop.

n Tomorrow, the Daily News looks at the issue of beach safety on the Tweed Coast and publishes your opinions.



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