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Smart phone technology helps surf safety

Corrimal Beach

Corrimal Beach. PHOTO: Warren & Diana Ackary

LIFEGUARDS and Surf Life Saving Australia are using ‘Quick Response’ technology to help keep Wollongong beaches safe.

Wollongong City Council has installed Quick Response (QR) codes on beach safety signs at 10 of unpatrolled sections of coastline with links to specific beach safety information.

Beachgoers can embrace the new technology and scan the QR code with their smart phones and download specific site based information on beach safety.

Recreation Services Manager Mark Bond said using innovative technology such as QR codes will help more beachgoers access information in their own language.

“Using the QR codes text on beach safety can be translated into 34 languages and safety fact sheets can be downloaded in 18 languages,” Mr Bond said.

“These codes will be included on beach signage and linked to specific beach safety programs.

“This is a key water safety initiative that Council and Surf Life Saving Australia is embracing to ensure that beach goers have access to beach safety messages and information.

“Council’s main messages this year are simple: if there are no flags on a beach you should not swim. All beach goers should speak to a lifeguard or lifesaver if they have any enquiries.”

Council is also developing site specific beach education tips for 10 unpatrolled beaches across the city. There will be brochures on the unpatrolled beaches that will highlight hazards and be available to beachgoers. These carry messages on dangers associated with swimming at unpatrolled beaches and characteristics of each beach.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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