Hon­oured for safety and surf

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Jor­gia White jor­[email protected]­

CALOUN­DRA res­i­dents may be a lit­tle bias when they look at their beaches.

With the ar­ray of beau­ti­ful op­tions avail­able on the south­ern end of the Coast, there’s some­thing to please ev­ery­one from the most avid surfer or the sun-lov­ing fam­ily.

Now Kings Beach has been recog­nised as one of the best, mak­ing Surf Life Sav­ing Queens­land’s list of top 10 beaches from 2017.

Mets on Kings Surf Life Sav­ing Club pres­i­dent Mike McDon­ald said the hon­our recog­nises ev­ery­thing that’s gone into mak­ing the beach great.

“We have a very pro­fes­sional group look­ing af­ter peo­ple,” Mr McDon­ald said.

“They’re re­ally putting a lot of ef­fort into de­vel­op­ing a big com­mu­nity as­pect.”

Mr McDon­ald said the beach it­self rep­re­sents a “whole lot of things”.

“It’s a great surf­ing beach, we do a re­ally good job pa­trolling it, it’s a re­ally good com­mu­nity en­vi­ron­ment with re­ally good fa­cil­i­ties around it,” he said.

Club cap­tain Shane Punter said the num­bers of peo­ple com­ing to join has “gone through the roof”.

He wants ev­ery­one to re­mem­ber even though beaches like Kings are well-pa­trolled, beach­go­ers must be dili­gent.

“It’s a per­ti­nent re­minder at this time of year for peo­ple to swim be­tween the flags and be aware of their con­di­tions,” Mr Punter said.

SLSQ chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer George Hill said a wide range of fac­tors had been con­sid­ered when se­lect­ing an over­all win­ner.

“Safety is ob­vi­ously our pri­mary fo­cus and, with that in mind, we con­sid­ered a wide range of fac­tors in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing from pa­trol times and ser­vices, right through to its in­ci­dent his­tory, coastal con­di­tions and the qual­ity of vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion on dis­play,” Mr Hill said.

“Af­ter that we looked at other ar­eas such as how user-friendly we thought the beach was, and this in­cluded things such as its lo­ca­tion, ac­cess to park­ing and pub­lic trans­port, fa­cil­i­ties and clean­li­ness.”


KEEP­ING US SAFE: Apryl Cord­ing­ley and Bill Dav.

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