Keep the Macleay beautiful and safe

Community life - 16 January 2018

Summer Smarts Campaign

With the busy holiday period in full swing, Kempsey Shire Council is reminding the community to keep our beaches and parks clean and safe through the coordination of an education campaign.

The Summer Smarts campaign aims to encourage those using the beaches, parks and reserves to play “smart” by following five simple steps.

The five smart holiday messages are:

  1. Swim between the flags
  2. Make sure you have a permit to drive on the beach
  3. Always take note of parking and safety signs at beaches and reserves
  4. Respect our public facilities
  5. Take your rubbish to the bins provided

The campaign is being run in conjunction with Council’s ranger presence.

Council’s Manager of Regulatory Compliance, Ken Ward, said council rangers will be doing additional patrols during summer to encourage visitors to enjoy themselves responsibly.

“Council’s rangers will be actively patrolling key areas across the shire particularly our public reserves, foreshore areas, parks and beaches,” Mr Ward said.

“They will be focussing on things like parking to ensure that drivers are abiding by signage and ensuring that people are walking their dogs in designated areas and at the right times.

“The Summer Smarts Campaign is a reminder for residents and visitors to the Macleay to treat our public spaces with respect for the enjoyment of everyone.”

Beach patrols

Lifeguards and surf club members throughout the Kempsey Shire are also reminding beach goers to swim between the flags and be mindful of conditions.

Lifeguards will be at Grassy Head and Horseshoe Bay, South West Rocks beaches up until Thursday January 27 from 9am until 5pm, seven days a week and at South West Rocks, Hat Head and Crescent Head main beaches until Thursday January 27 from 9am until 5pm, five days a week.

Summer SMARTS bannerKempsey Shire Council reminds everyone to keep our beautiful region clean and safe these school holidays