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October 5, 2022

Surf life savers return

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Surfing is a central part of Byron Bay’s identity and this year’s surf films are certain to bring the whole community together in a celebration of athleticism, wild seas and sheer joy in our exquisite environment.

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Labor leader promises to stop Murwillumbah mega-school merger if they win election

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What drainage works can residents expect?

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$8.5m allocated for upgrade of Goonellabah to Wollongbar Road

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NSW SLSC Surf Rescue

The red and yellow is back on NSW beaches with more than 20,000 surf life saving volunteers ready to welcome beachgoers for the official beginning of patrol season.

Premier Dominic Perrottet joined Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience Steph Cooke, Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) President George Shales and volunteer lifesavers at Bondi Beach today to raise the red and yellow flags for the first time this season.

‘The raising of the flags is a significant occasion for the people of NSW because it means we can get back out after a cold winter and safely enjoy all the beautiful coastline our great state has to offer,’ said Mr Perrottet.

‘Please listen to the advice of our Surf Life Saving experts, don’t take unnecessary risks and always swim between the red and yellow flags to make sure you and your family enjoy the water safely.’

New jet skis

Ms Cooke said $1 million worth of SLSNSW jet skis and support operations vehicles will be rolled out across the State to better support the work of volunteers.

‘The addition of 11 jet skis and 11 fully kitted out support vehicles will further enhance the ability of our lifesavers to respond to emergencies in the water and help people when they get into trouble,’ said Ms Cooke.

‘Our lifesavers from the 129 clubs up and down the NSW coastline are looking forward to being on patrol every weekend and public holiday between now and Anzac Day in April.’

Mr Shales said despite a third consecutive La Nina being declared, large crowds are expected at beaches throughout spring and summer.

‘We had a very wet year last season but beachgoers need to remain vigilant after a record 55 lives were lost in the 12 months to June 2022,’ said Mr Shales. ‘We’re ready to help if you get into trouble but we need to work together to keep our beaches and coastal waterways safe for all to enjoy.’

Patrolled beach locations, patrol times and live weather updates are available on the BeachSafe app or website.


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