Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

THE red and yel­low flags are back for sum­mer with two vol­un­teer surf life­sav­ing clubs ser­vic­ing The Strand.

Vol­un­teer surf life­savers will hoist the flags ev­ery week­end and public hol­i­day from now un­til May.

Surf Life Sav­ing Queens­land North Bar­rier re­gional man­ager Jenny Neal said the Ar­ca­dian Surf Life­sav­ing Club was back pa­trolling The Strand, along with Pic­nic Bay Surf Life­sav­ing Club, for the first time in years.

“Ar­ca­dian has been do­ing pa­trols over on the is­land for many years and they prob­a­bly haven’t had enough mem­bers to do pa­trols on The Strand as well,” she said.

“They’ll be do­ing both this sea­son.”

Ms Neal said there were now about 600 mem­bers be­tween the two clubs.

“We’ve had a great start to the nip­per sea­son this year, which is great be­cause that’s the fu­ture of the clubs,” she said. “We’re al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers.”

Ms Neal said she was hop­ing it would be a quiet start to the surf life­sav­ing sea­son.

“We’ve had a very dry win­ter and not very cold weather so marine stingers will not be in abun­dance,” she said.

Last sea­son, vol­un­teer surf life­savers across Townsville treated 252 beach­go­ers and per­formed pre­ven­tive 991 treat­ments.

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