Kingscliff Beach safer as trial lifeguards hit the sand
THE NSW Lifeguard Service and Tweed Shire Council will combine forces on Kingscliff Beach these school holidays with an extra patrol being trialled on a busy stretch of sand.
Previously the only flags on Kingscliff Beach were in the southern pocket in front of Cudgen Surf Life Saving Club.
Between Kingscliff and the other flags at the north end of Fingal's Dreamtime Beach there are kilometres of unpatrolled beach.
Far North Coast Lifeguard supervisor Jarrod Cain said he welcomed the initiative and thought it gave swimmers at that end of the beach added security and a set place to swim.
"With the added benefits of an additional two lifeguards at the northern end of the beach at Kingscliff we can ensure that the increasingly popular beach area in front of the holiday park remains safe during the peak Christmas and New Year's period," Mr Cain said.
One hotspot frequented by tourists and holiday makers is the beach in front of the Kingscliff North Caravan Park located approximately 2km north of the Cudgen flags.
This area is the site for the new patrols which started last Thursday.
With tourists in their numbers rolling into town for the Christmas break, increased beach attendances prompted the move to add an extra two lifeguards to the patrol.