Swimmers at One Mile Beach, Birubi Beach and Fingal Bay will be safer this summer

Deputy Mayor Chris Doohan, Councillor Sarah Smith, Mayor Ryan Palmer and Councillor Glen Dunkley on the elevated observation deck of the new One Mile Beach Lifeguard Facility. Photo By Marian Sampson.
Deputy Mayor Chris Doohan, Councillor Sarah Smith, Mayor Ryan Palmer and Councillor Glen Dunkley on the elevated observation deck of the new One Mile Beach Lifeguard Facility. Photo By Marian Sampson.

 

PORT Stephens is set to be the envy of every council up and down the coast as it is now able to boast that it has some of the best Lifeguard Facilities in the state.

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The new One Mile Beach Lifeguard Facility which saw an investment in Port Stephens of over $840,000 was officially opened by Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer.

Cr Palmer told News Of The Area, “It is fantastic to see this facility open just in time for the busy summer period.”

He believes that the facility will assist lifeguards to keep residents and visitors safe in the water.

Phil Rock who is the lifeguard supervisor for Australian Lifeguard Services said, “This is a very welcome addition and the service is grateful to council, for providing a facility which is a huge improvement on the previous one, offering great protection from the elements in all weather conditions.”

The state of the art facility has been engineered to stand the test of time.

Peter Petherbridge of PDA Building told News Of The Area, “The steel used within the concrete is galvanised and has anodes to extend the longevity of the building.”

He believes that this type of engineering will see the new facility stand up against the harsh environment over time.

Port Stephens Councillor Glen Dunkley said, “We now have three of the best and newest Lifeguard Facilities on the coast at Birubi Beach, One Mile Beach and Fingal Bay.”

The building was a Council initiative which was only made possible through sourcing of funding through grants.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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