World’s best young surfers in town for Lake Mac City Pro Junior

Date posted: 7 February 2019

Our City’s beautiful beaches make up some of the best coastline in NSW and this weekend Redhead Beach will get international attention as part of the Lake Mac City Pro Junior.

It is the first time that the World Surf League event will be held in Lake Mac, so it is an incredible opportunity to share our amazing location with the rest of the world. We love our sport and recreation in Lake Mac, so this aligns perfectly with our ongoing commitment to grow our City’s reputation as a major sporting hub.

It is also exciting for a number of our young surfers, like Redhead local Connor Lee, who will compete as a wildcard against 64 of the world’s best junior male surfers at the event. The competition will also see 32 female competitors hit the waves and compete for equal prizemoney, which I’m told proudly is the only Australasian WSL Pro Junior event to do so.

I encourage everyone to get down to Redhead Beach this Saturday and Sunday to support our local competitors and really enjoy the high-level surfing and atmosphere that the event brings to our City. Council has also organised a range of free activities as part of the two-day event, including markets in Webb Park and skateboard workshops in the Redhead Beach car park.

The event will have a festive and positive feel about it right across the weekend. I know it will be a fantastic event, so I hope you can join me. For more information about the Lake Mac City Pro Junior visit surfest.com/events/lake-mac-city-pro-junior

Be fraud and scam safe

I think we’ve all heard about different scams, especially that one about the Nigerian Prince. But, Fraudsters are getting a lot more crafty with their scams and targeting older people in our community. Determining the legitimacy of email and online scams in particular can often be difficult, especially when they look as though they have come from well-known organisations.

Some of the more common scams to look out for include online dating and romance, investment opportunities, prizes or lotto winnings, and door-to-door sales. To help protect yourself from identity theft and scams remember to create strong passwords, regularly check account statements for any unusual activity, and don’t share personal information if you are unsure of the legitimacy of the request.

If you would like more help or information, Council is providing free fraud and scam safety workshops for over 55s on 22 February, 22 March and 12 April. For more information or to book in for one of these free workshops, visit lakemac.com.au/over55s or contact Council on 4921 0333.

The ACCC’s Scam Watch website is also a good resource to find out what scams have recently been reported. Visit scamwatch.gov.au

Article by Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser

Page last updated: 7 February 2019