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Surf’s up from September 18

Released on: 13 September 2021

Released on: 13 September 2021

The iconic red and yellow flags will return to beaches across the Port Macquarie Hastings on September 18th to mark the start of the new patrol season. 

Flags will return to Flynns Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Lake Cathie Beach, Rainbow Beach, and North Haven Beach as the Australian Lifeguard Service reappear from Monday to Friday during their 7-month stint, providing a safe space for our community to enjoy our beaches. 

Volunteer surf lifesavers will patrol North Haven Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Rainbow Beach, and Flynns Beach on weekends and public holidays. 

James Turham, Port Macquarie Hastings Lifeguard Supervisor said he’s already anticipating a busy season. 

“Throughout the winter months, we still saw strong numbers of visitors at our local beaches, especially with COVID restrictions rousing people to participate in active recreation and to enjoy the outdoors.  

“With Town Beach now patrolled year-round, we’re glad that we were able to ensure the safety of those using beaches to get active throughout winter and our usual off-season, especially because it means we could respond to emergency situations at any beaches in our LGA faster,” James said. 

The 2021/22 season will again be challenged by COVID-19 restrictions, however, measures are in place to enable lifeguards to continue to safely provide frontline beach safety services. 

Technology will play a big part in keeping people and beaches safe this summer. Beach users are reminded to make use of beachsafe.org.au website and app, which gives real-time information on patrolled beach status, including closures due to over-crowding or hazardous conditions. 

“I’m sure with easing restrictions and the weather getting warmer, everyone is eager to return to the water. We’re anticipating a busy season, but we’re happy to be getting back on the job and keep our community safe,” said James. 

Beach users are reminded to keep a beach towel length between each other when enjoying the beach this summer and to follow the NSW public health orders. 

For more information about patrolled beaches in the Port Macquarie Hastings, visit pmhc.nsw.gov.au/PatrolledBeaches.