New surf safety initiatives for summer

Council is installing interactive beach access signs at Surf Beach, Bombo Beach and parts of Werri Beach in preparation for the 2016/17 swimming season.

“The signs include QR codes which enable people to use their smartphones to access information such as beach safety advice, hazards and whether the beach is patrolled that day,” says Supervising Lifeguard Andy Mole.

“They also have an emergency beach access number and cross street reference that can be used as a location point if emergency services are
required.”

Council has also stepped up its lifeguard patrols, including lifeguards on patrol at Werri Beach during the September and April school holidays for the first time.

It is already shaping up as a busy summer for Council lifeguards, who are preparing to provide water safety at the World Pro Junior surfing contest in January.

As reported earlier, Kiama is also to have one of five VR4G listening stations installed on the South Coast, as part of the NSW Government’s $16 million Shark Management Strategy to better detect and deter sharks.

The purpose-built listening stations, work by raising alerts when a tagged shark which swims within approximately 500 metres of the station.

The DPI will also be trialing drones over the summer.

Details: Daily surf reports will be posted to Council’s website and social media from 26 September from 9.45am weekdays (seven days during the Christmas school holidays).

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