Thousands kept safe on Shire’s beaches last summer

Media release - 23 June 2017

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) has worked with Kempsey Shire Council to once again keep over 200,000 locals and tourists safe on our beaches over the 2016-2017 patrol season.

Data released to Council advises that lifeguards in the Kempsey Shire conducted 39 rescues, 11,764 preventative actions and 674 first aid treatments to over 219,000 visitors on our beaches.

Council’s Director of Infrastructure Services, Robert Scott, commended the work of lifeguards and said their service was vital for the safety of residents and visitors.

“The benefit of having lifeguards patrolling our main beaches is the advice and information they provide to swimmers and beach goers. Lifeguards recorded over 14,000 incidences of providing advice and communication to the public which helps inform people of the dangers and keeps them safe,” Mr Scott said.

“The ALS have continued to provide a high standard of service and professional communications in beach patrols for Council.

“With tourism being one of our primary industries in the Macleay, this service is a critical part of being able to promote a safe, family-friendly tourist destination.”

Lifeguard services are provided at Crescent Head, Hat Head, Grassy Head, Horseshoe Bay and South West Rocks Main Beach. Local Surf Life Saving Clubs provide volunteer services on weekends and public holidays at all our beaches except for Grassy Head and Horseshoe Bay.

Horseshoe Bay Beach recorded the highest number of attendance, with over 81,000 people visiting the beach over the 2016-2017 season