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Patrols increase for holiday safety

SUNSHINE Coast council lifeguards are stepping up patrols to cater for the large crowds expected to flock to beaches during the school holidays.

Community policy and programs portfolio holder councillor Jenny McKay said lifeguards provided a vital service to the public through patrolling Sunshine Coast beaches

“It's perfect weather to be outdoors and council lifeguards are expecting a busy time on our beaches during the holidays,” Ms McKay said.

“With the official lifesaving season now under way, council lifeguards will be extending their services to cater for the bigger crowds expected for the start of school holidays next week.”

Councillor Paul Tatton urged the community and visitors to enjoy the beach in the safest possible way.

“There wasn't a single drowning in between the flags on Coast beaches last year, and we'll work hard to keep this great safety record going strong into the summer,” Mr Tatton said.

“Beach goers should take care during the holidays and, remember, no flags - no swim.”

Lifeguard patrol hours for the school holidays from now until October 2 are:

• Main beaches (school holidays):

Monday to Friday: 7.30am-4.30pm (Sunshine Coast council lifeguards)

Weekends and public holidays (Surf Life Saving Queensland)

Noosa, Sunshine, Peregian, Coolum, Marcoola, Mudjimba, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland, Mooloolaba, Kawana, Dickies, Kings and Bulcock (Royal Lifesaving).

• Other locations (school holidays):

Seven days a week: 8.30am-4.30pm (Sunshine Coast council lifeguards)

Sunrise, North Peregian, North Coolum, Yaroomba, Hyatt, Discovery, Twin Waters, Mooloolaba Spit, Wurtulla, Currimundi and Golden.

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