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Northern beaches patrols start this weekend

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Life savers at Corrimal Beach. PHOTOS: Warren & Diana Ackary.

THE flags will go up on northern beaches this weekend as Wollongong City Council lifeguards gear up for the 2019/2020 swim season, which begins on Saturday September 28.

Council lifeguards will patrol 17 beaches from Stanwell Park to Windang, six days a week, with Surf Life Saving Illawarra volunteers taking the reins on Sundays.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said there are more than 80 casual and fulltime professional ocean lifeguards for this season and they will be patrolling beaches where there are likely to be more than one million people visits.

“Beach-goers are reminded to swim at patrolled beaches and all swimmers are strongly advised to heed all surf warnings, and No Flags, No Swim.

“We have 42km of coastline in our city with 17 patrolled beaches and the oldest lifeguard service in NSW.”

Professional lifeguards have patrolled Wollongong’s beaches since 1912.

This year’s lifeguards range from 17 to 64 years in age and 17 percent are female.

More than 70 per cent of Council’s lifeguards for the season have gained previous experience as volunteers with the surf lifesaving movement. Council Lifeguards and volunteer surf lifesavers will be on duty until April 28 2020.

“Our beaches are a wonderful place to visit during the summer months. So we recommend that beach goers talk with our friendly lifeguards if they wish to know more about surf conditions and to always swim between the flags,” Cr Bradbery said.

For more information visit Council’s website or call (02) 4227 7111.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney 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 pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia 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 writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed 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 Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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