Users of Kings Beach are urged to help in the campaign to have an angel ring installed on the beach.
The campaign to obtain a traditional round life-saving ring for the unpatrolled beach was begun almost a year ago by David Wilson, a Sydney-based marine rescue professional who responded to a life-threatening emergency at the beach while on holidays at nearby Broken Head.
Mr Wilson was horrified to discover what he described as a ‘black spot’, with no mobile – and limited two-way radio – reception.
But what horrified Mr Wilson even more was the knock-back he received from the National Parks and Wildlife Service when he first proposed installing an angel ring at the beach.
He said the volunteer group Angel Rings NSW advised him they were told by an individual within the Byron Bay region of NPWS, ‘it’s a gay beach down there and [we] don’t want people to use it’.
Unperturbed, Mr Wilson convinced Stan Konstantaras from Angel Rings NSW to take a second look at the beach, which he did along with a number of other sites along the NSW north coast. According to Mr Wilson, after the recent visit to Kings Beach, ‘every box was ticked Yes’.
The next stage is for Kings Beach users to lobby in support of the installation of the angel rings. This can be done by emailing [email protected]
Mr Wilson says, ‘Stan Konstantaras from Angel Rings has never been rejected in getting one in place and we both are determined this going to happen’.