Getting ready for a bumper Lake Mac summer

Date posted: 3 October 2018

The mercury is rising here in Lake Macquarie and throngs of residents are getting ready to head down to our beaches for some fun in the sun.

Our Professional Beach Lifeguards started their patrols on Saturday and will be keeping a watchful eye on beachgoers seven days a week throughout the season at our Redhead, Blacksmiths, Caves and Catherine Hill Bay beaches.

Speaking of Catho, I was pleased to open a new lifeguard observation room at Catherine Hill Bay Beach last week, just in time for the patrol season. Until now, lifeguards at Catherine Hill Bay had no permanent structure from which to base their patrols and monitor beach activity. The new observation room provides an excellent vantage point, strengthening the capabilities of the already highly-skilled lifeguards who patrol this coastal stretch.

Last year an estimated 1.5 million people visited Lake Macquarie’s beaches, and with more hot, dry conditions forecast over summer, this season is shaping up to be even busier. Our City’s lifeguards are some of the best in the business and know the beaches they patrol intimately. As summer approaches, I’d remind beachgoers to listen to advice from lifeguards on the beach, swim between the flags, keep a close eye on your kids and, of course, slip, slop, slap.

And, of course, if you fancy a swim without the sand, you can always take a dip at one of our fabulous Lake Mac Swim Centres. Pools are among our most popular facilities and Council has been systematically improving our centres, including the $2.4 million upgrade to West Wallsend in 2015, last year’s off-season improvements to Swansea and Speers Point, and a $6 million upgrade to the Toronto Swim Centre, which is currently under way. With plenty of fun activities planned at our swim centres throughout the school holidays, now is the perfect time to visit. Take a look at the spring school holidays guide on Council’s website to find an event at a pool near you.

Another staple in the lead up to summer in Lake Macquarie is our annual call out for Australia Awards nominations. The Lake Macquarie Australia Day Awards seek to honour contributions to community life and the environment in our City. Nominations are now open for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Community Group of the Year and Volunteer of the year. You can nominate online at lakemac.com.au/ausawards until 29 October. Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony at the Council Chambers in January.

Article by Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Councillor Kay Fraser

Page last updated: 3 October 2018