Beacon’s aim to save lives
A SOLAR-POWERED emergency beacon with a remote-controlled camera will be installed at deadly Dreamtime Beach this week in a bid to save swimmers from drowning.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest told the Tweed Daily News the new $27,000 beacon had been trialled in Queensland and would be permanently installed at the beach.
“It will be located on the beach 24/7 and have a camera operated by surf rescue, so if someone is swept out to sea they can focus on that person,” he said.
“You can press a button and speak to surf rescue and while talking to the person they can see the incident they’re describing.
“It greatly enhances the rescue.”
But Mr Provest said the beach would remain unpatrolled and the device would not “make the beach any safer”.
“The important thing is it doesn’t make the beach any safer, it’s unpatrolled and has dangerous rips,” he said.
He said two similar safety cameras installed at the Tweed bar and the creek at Kingscliff had been vandalised in a week, likely due to privacy concerns.
“It’s a safety device and it’s not going to spy on people at the beach,” he said.
SAFETY MEASURE: Temporary versions of the Dreamtime emergency beacon were originally trialled in Queensland.