Northern beaches close for winter


Council Lifeguards and volunteer surf life savers will no longer be stationed at 16 of Wollongong’s 17 beaches from this week until 23 September 2017.

Throughout the winter, North Wollongong will be the only patrolled beach in the city, with Lifeguards on duty from 9am to 4pm daily. Beach-goers are reminded never to swim at unpatrolled beaches.

An estimated 846,000 people visited beaches from Stanwell Park to Windang during the peak of the swim season from December through to February. Lifeguards conducted more than 41,00 preventative actions, and 263 rescues.

Council’s permanent Lifeguards will now kick off their annual winter education program, visiting schools, TAFE and University to talk to students about the importance of beach safety.

Tuesday also marked the beginning of the winter season for Council’s public pools, which saw more than 746,000 visitors from December to February. Helensburgh pool has now closed for the season, and hours are reduced at all other pools. Thirroul will close after 31 May, while Corrimal, Continental and Beaton Park pools remain open year-round. Details of pool hours can be found on Council’s website.

For more information contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 or visit

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and 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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been 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 Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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