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Council calls for pool safety

Stay Safe at the Beach Day osford Council, Wyong Shire Council, Northern Settlement Services, Surf Lifesaving Central Coast and Centrelink hosted a Stay Safe at the Beach Day at Avoca Beach on Wednesday, November 30.

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Following an early morning session which was open to the public, the day involved a number of workshops for local school, TAFE and university students. The students took part in a rock fishing demonstration and safety talk, a Science of the Surf workshop with Dr Rob Brander, along with some beach and water games and activities. Students were also visited by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, with emergency staff going through a number of training drills and exercises on the

beach. Mayor of Gosford Cr Laurie Maher said the day was a major success and enjoyed by all who attended. “There were a number of interactive activities and presentations, everyone who took part had a great day but also took away some vital beach safety messages. “These messages are important for the protection of our community and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in organising this event for helping to ensure our residents are well informed

about water safety. “We saw over 130 local students from Avoca Public School, 80 students from Gosford and Wyong TAFE and 300 University of Newcastle students take part during the day. “It is fantastic to see local educators putting such a strong emphasis on beach safety, especially in a coastal area such as ours,” said Cr Maher. Media Release, 8 Dec 2011 Gosford Council Media

s the weather warms up, Gosford Council is urging residents to make pool and water safety a priority this summer.

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With approximately 12,000 backyard swimming pools in the Gosford Local Government Area, pool safety is a major community concern. Sadly, drowning is one of the major causes of death for NSW children under the age of five, and many more children suffer brain damage and other serious injuries associated with near-drowning experiences. Pool and spa pool owners have certain responsibilities under the Swimming Pools Act 1992 for ensuring their pool is safe, secure and maintained at all times to meet the requirements of the Act and the Swimming Pools Regulation 2008.

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Gosford Council Agenda P.39, 6 Dec 2011

constantly addressed. “Supervision is the best way to ensure safe swimming and we encourage pool owners and regular users to learn CPR as an added safety measure. “A properly maintained fence or barrier gives added protection by preventing children from accessing a pool unsupervised. “Whenever Council’s building inspectors visit a property with a pool, they ensure that they check to see that the pool fencing meets the relevant standards,” said Mr Parkes. Media Release, 8 Dec 2011 Gosford Council Media

Summer Beach Safety Campaign

osford Council received a petition with 16 signatures by residents of Bayview Ave, East Gosford. The petition advised that Lantana bush was growing out of control at the rear of their properties. Petitioners said they also believed the overgrown noxious weed could become a fire hazard and a risk to native fauna. They also advised that the odour was unbearable.

While it is important that regular checks of pool fences, gates and latches may assist in reducing drowning in backyard pools, the most effective way to prevent drowning or neardrowning is for children to be adequately supervised by a parent or other responsible adult. Gosford Council’s education and compliance manager Mr John Parkes said that every resident who has a pool should take appropriate measures to ensure that their pool or spa pool is a safe place to swim. “Pools provide great enjoyment to family and friends but unfortunately there is that element of danger that needs to be

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ith beach patrols now in full swing, Gosford Council is preparing for another safe season on Gosford City beaches with the launch of its 2011/2012 Summer Beach Safety Campaign.

The campaign aims to encourage beach and water safety for residents and visitors to the area and highlights a number of important key messages. Gosford Council’s coordinator of leisure and

lifestyle Mr Anthony Burling is calling on all residents and visitors to stay safe at the beach and swim between the flags. “It is estimated that close to two million people will visit Gosford City beaches during

the 2011/12 summer season. “It’s really important for people to be aware of potential hazards at the beach such as rips, and read and obey any signs or directions from lifeguards or lifesavers. “Children should always be supervised around the water and only swim at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags. “Beachgoers can assist professional lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers in maintaining our proud safety record and ensure another safe and enjoyable season this summer by following the safety messages,” said Mr Burling. Sixty professional lifeguards plus many more volunteer lifesavers from each Surf Club will patrol during the 140 day season. Media Release, 9 Dec 2011 Gosford Council Media

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