Following up on my previous letter in which I was critical of the performance of Byron Bay surf lifesavers, I was pleased to note that, on Sunday 22 April, of the ten lifesavers in attendance on Main Beach, four of them were actually spread out along the beach watching bathers.
Although they still only covered about 100 metres in the immediate vicinity of the flags, this is a welcome development. The next logical step would be for them to spread themselves out even further over more of the long beach, thus providing a proper lifesaving service for the frequently not very well informed out-of-town visitors to our beautiful seaside.
Lest we forget, the presence of lifesavers on our beaches does not come free. This year Byron Shire Council (that is we ratepayers) will contribute $175,000 for the privilege, and all I am asking is that the lifesavers justify this expense in a meaningful way.
Colin Thornton, Coorabell