KINGS ONE OF BEST
Honoured for safety and surf
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.