Heat wave prompts extended hours at Wollongong’s northern beaches

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LIFEGUARDS will extend their beach patrol hours today (Friday January 18), to provide swimmers additional time to cool off safely.

Hours at 9 of Wollongong’s 17 patrolled beaches will be increased, with flags up until 7pm at Stanwell Park, Austinmer, Thirroul, Bulli and Corrimal. The flags will go down at Sandon Point at 6pm.

Wollongong Council’s Beach Services Manager, Paul Dreghorn said while the Illawarra has escaped the worst of the heatwave conditions in comparison with the rest of the state, the region remains hot and lifeguards will work extra hours to enable people cool off safely in the surf.

“That’s why we’ve asked our lifeguards to remain on duty beyond the usual flags down time to give people the chance for a swim,” he said.

“We just ask people to visit one of the nine beaches with additional hours and to remember if there are no flags up, then there’s no swim.’’

The beaches with additional hours are:

Stanwell Park – to 7pm

Austinmer – to 7pm

Thirroul – to 7pm

Bulli – to 7pm

Corrimal – to 7pm

Nth Gong – to 7pm

City Beach – to 7pm

Pt Kembla – to 7pm

Sandon Point – to 6pm


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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