Letters Sent as well as articles (and replies if any) on behalf of THBOA
members in regards to beach patrol 2010/2011
(Listed chronologically from most recent to oldest)
Far South Coast Surf Life Saving welcomes the
news local businesses have come to the rescue of the Eurobodalla
Shire Council over the provision of lifeguard services this summer.
The council earlier this year axed lifeguards from its budget
following an unsuccessful rate variation application. Eurobodalla
Council announced today patrols for Surf Beach, Malua Bay, Broulee,
Moruya, Tuross Head and Narooma. Unfortunately there will be no
provision of lifeguards at Dalmeny Beach adjacent to the council
owned camping ground and accommodation.
Far South Coast Assistant Director Andrew Edmunds said if volunteer
surf life saving clubs and the business community had not shown
the leadership they had today’s outcome wouldn’t have
been possible. “The local businesses that have dug deep
to get council out of trouble on this issue really do deserve
praise,” he said. “Our volunteers at Batemans Bay,
Broulee, Narooma and Moruya Surf Life Saving Clubs also need special
recognition for taking on
a dditional patrol hours to help reduce the financial burden on
The professional lifeguard service has come at a price for the
volunteer clubs however. “The money that has been so generously
donated to the Eurobodalla Shire Council is funds that would have
otherwise gone into local charities
such as rescue groups, sporting clubs and surf life saving organisations.”
Mr Edmunds said volunteers across the region were relieved the
matter had finally been resolved.
“Everyone is pleased the members of the community will be
able to enjoy the beaches this summer and know they have a safe
place to swim in between the flags.
Mr Edmunds said it had been a long couple of months for the organisation,
but added they wouldn’t be taking the pressure off council.
“They may have managed to scrape enough funds to cover this
season, but we’ll pressing hard
to make sure we never find ourselves in this situation again.
“We will be looking forward to brainstorming with council
and other stakeholders to look at some long term funding arrangements,
and Saturday patrolling arrangements for our volunteers.”
“The current solution is not a sustainable option, we risk
losing funding and over-burdening our volunteers. We decided as
a group to work even harder as volunteers for our community to
ensure people’s safety. It is disappointing Dalmeny Beach
has been left out by Council, as it is a popular beach that will
have absolutely no coverage. Our advice, as it has always been
is to swim only at patrolled beaches in between the flags.”
from the Mayor to THBOA
Oct 14, 2010 at 5:28 PM
Eurobodalla Shire Council Media release:
to patrol six Eurobodalla beaches this summer
Fergus Thomson, has today announced that Eurobodalla Shire Council
will guarantee professional lifeguards on six of the Eurobodalla’s
beaches this summer.
to generous sponsorship by local businesses and the community,
Council is able to guarantee that Surf Beach,
Malua Bay, Broulee, Moruya, Tuross Head and Narooma will be patrolled
for six weeks during the summer holiday period,”
said unfortunately Dalmeny Beach will not be patrolled as Council
was unsuccessful in its bid for funds from the National Parks
and Wildlife Service.
He would like
to warmly thank the following sponsors for working with Council
and the community to fund the lifeguard service. “Their
contributions have ensured professional patrols as well as volunteer
patrols will be on our beaches during the peak swimming and tourism
and Social Club
lifeguards will patrol the beaches from Monday to Friday and are
expected to start around 20 December 2010 and finish on Australia
Day, 26 January 2011. Some beaches will be patrolled
by lifeguards 7 days per week.
will continue to patrol the beaches at Malua Bay, Broulee, Moruya
and Narooma on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays during summer.
Slap in face turns to a kick in the head
Council's announcement today of a pay increase ef $14,000 per year
to its general manager is poorly timed for Tuross businesses and
residents concerned that time is now running out to secure funding
for its annual six week summer beach patrol.
The THBOA was
told to await the outcome of the Special Rate variation meeting
as adjustments in the final budget might see Council cover the $24,000
required for the beach patrol should no sponsors be forthcoming.
At well past
the eleventh hour Council chooses to now publically declare a wage
increase whilst keeping the residents on a knife edge regarding
for accomodation are on hold, orders of christmas stocks are pressing
and the town as a whole has been left in the lurch once again with
only speculation and chinese whispers.
A 915 signature
petition was delivered to Council last Friday and no comment at
all has been forthcoming.
between Council and its Shirewide community have plummeted.
Whilst it is
accepted that employees are entitled to incremental award rises
and bonuses it is the poor and inconsiderate timing of the announcement
that has cut deep.
waits on a knife edge not knowing if it will be a wonderful summer
or one that might see far less visitors due to the prospect of no
Beach patrol. And sadly, should there be a resultant loss of life
due to Council's withdrawal of funding with no provision of backup
sponsorship in place then the poor timing of the wage increase will
rest all the heavier.
It is STRONGLY
advised that Council publically announce funding for the Tuross
Beach patrol IMMEDIATELY as this community and its businesses are
now well and truely pi##ed off (which, from soundbites around the
village is putting it very mildly)
It is also STRONGLY
advised that Council publically announces the funding of Tuross
Beach patrol to the media far and wide to counter the undue negative
coverage that it has now dealt out to this community through it's
lack of any concern in regards to it's actions and the consequences
to the livelihood of its residents, its businesses and their families
It can only be
considered now that Council has done this community a grave diservice
in its decision to withdraw funding in the manner it chose and now
shows a blatant disregard in offering any apology or dialogue to
the Tuross Community for its actions, past and present.
The media are
chomping at the bit for feedback from the Tuross Community - at
present this email is circulated to THBOA members and to Councillors
however things do get passed on .....
can report good news in the next 48 hours
7th October - Nick Walton, co-owner of the Tuross Motel
and member of the Tuross Head Business Owners Association hands to Michael
of the Tuross Head Progress Association a petition signed by 915 visitors
and residents demanding Council ensures provision
of the beach patrol at Tuross for the summer of 2010/11 .
The THBOA has now sought the support of the Tuross Head
Progress Association to seek an assurance from Council that a beach patrol
will be in place
for the six weeks of the crucial visitor holiday period.. The petition
and covering THPA letter will be delivered to Council Friday 8th Oct.
Above; Narooma News article October 6th, 2010
underway for Tuross beach patrols
ABC South East
Radio - Posted September 30, 2010 10:45:00
The Mayor of
the Eurobodalla Shire on the Far South Coast of New South Wales,
Fergus Thomson, says the Council is working hard to provide beach
patrols at Tuross Head.
have expressed concern about claims that the town's beach is dangerous,
saying the local economy could suffer if people stay away.
Head Business Owners Association has called on Cr Thomson to address
He says the
Council is attempting to provide a service for this year's peak
never walked away from that commitment, and it's a commitment
I gave to the people of Tuross," he said.
do everything we possibly can to make sure that nobody's life
is put at risk."
says the situation is looking promising, but he says recent claims
have never been lifeguards on Tuross Beach leading up to the summer
period," he said.
are no surf lifesaving clubs at Tuross, and therefore, people
swim on unpatrolled beaches before that period and also in the
period after January.
we are attempting to do is put lifeguards on for that six week
Sep 29, 2010
at 5:54 PM
subject Breaking news - Summer Beach Patrol at Tuross Head - Mayor's
In an email
just received, addressed to the members of Tuross Head Business
Owners Association, Mayor Thomson asked if the following could
that we are on track in being able to provide life guards to patrol
the Tuross Head beach this summer".
as a positive step forward in a week that has seen Tuross Head
in the press for all the wrong reasons.
email is appreciated and in the coming weeks it is hoped that
confirmation of sponsorships will further quell the fears that
residents and visitors have shared of there being no summer holiday
period beach patrol at Tuross Beach.
on this latest news to your local clients, to those who enquire
about holiday bookings and to your families so that a good news
message might neutralise the many mixed messages that are being
circulated in the various media of newspapers, radio and TV .
I will keep
you informed of any updates when they become available.
In the meantime
Council has begun its quest for summer lifeguards and further
sponsorship discussions are well underway.
rescue south coast life guard service
| 02:51 PM
on the New South Wales south coast are coming to the rescue of
Christmas holiday-makers by funding professional life guards for
year Eurobodalla Shire Council said funding shortfalls meant a
likely reduction in paid life guard services.
They were considering
reducing services to limited beach patrols by volunteer surf lifesaver
general manager Paul Anderson says private sector support means
professional life guards are now being recruited for the Christmas
businesses have shown some exceptional leadership and have said
'look, tourism is one of our key industries'," he said.
were concerned the impact it was going to have on tourism numbers
in and around our local government area and they've said, 'look
there's a business case for us to help drive economic benefit
back to our own businesses'."
says it is the first time local businesses have stepped in.
the seven beaches at the moment we've funded [patrols] for four
of them," he said.
still working on the last three although we're quietly confident
that there's some additional businesses out there that will actually
assist us in funding the last three beaches."
To keep you
up to date with the news on the THBOAs push for assurance from
Council that there WILL BE a beach patrol in Tuross this year
link to an article from today's Bay Post
link to this mornings ABC South East news report.
manager, Paul Anderson, was later interviewed on ABC South East
by Tim Holt and basically reiterated the content of Councils September
28th Press release
At no point
did Paul Anderson offer any assurance that Council would foind
the $24,000 required if a sponsor coud not be found.
As such, there
is still no guarantee of a Beach Patrol and this may soon become
reflected in summer bookings for the village.
that has been in circulation around Tuross will be gathered in
in the next week to present to Council.
If you have
concerns of your own at the possible impact to your business by
Council's descision not to fund a patrol and not to organise a
backup option prior to withdrawing those funds leaving Tuross
to fend for itself and face financial loss through the widespread
negative publicity of Councils actions then email council direct
In the meantime
the THBOA will continue to continue in trying to secure a patrol
has been no comment or sign of any support to our concerns from
any of the Councillors or the Mayor. No doubt they are now aware
of the wider impact of their descision to withdraw funding for
2010/2011 and are now aware that the sponsorships brokered in
this year will be up for re-negotiation each year.
Of major concern
is the loss of tourism dollars to the Shire this summer by the
withdrawal of $150,000 - sadly only the demise of their descision
will can be truely measured at the end of the tourist season when
it is all too late.
risk that Council, and Councillors, has now imposed on local business
will be remembered at the next election and the silence of the
Councillors on this subject is well noted.
community appreciates that Council is doing its utmost to secure
a sponsor it is widely considered that the situation was mismanaged
from the start and has resulted in a marketing catastrophe that
needn't have happened and has sadly soiled the excellent image
Tourism Eurobodalla has been building.
acting secretary THBOA
Bay Post September 29
on the image above to read the article or click
ABC South East
Radio Posted September 29, 2010 09:47:00
calls for lifeguards to patrol 'deadly beach'
at Tuross Head on the New South Wales far south coast are calling
on the Eurobodalla Shire Council to guarantee a lifeguard service
A surf lifesaving
spokesman has described the town's beach as one of the deadliest
spots on the coast, and less competent swimmers have been told to
swim at Narooma or Moruya.
The Tuross Head
Business Owners Association has been reactivated in response to
the concerns, and says the area's economy will suffer if the beach
is not patrolled.
Spokesman, Lei Parker, says business operators will lose out.
any loss of financial opportunity in losing any custom during the
summer period, then that really does have a major impact on the
livelihood of our businesses and the competitiveness of those businesses
as well," he said.
the absolute realities of Council's decision here is that it seriously
will compromise the loss of potential livelihoods."
as lake opens
The Tuross Rescue
Squad says there is particular concern for safety this year, with
the opening of Tuross Lake.
The group's President,
David Campbell, says conditions can change quickly, and people will
be fishing in areas they have not been for some time.
He says the Council's
priorities should change.
that Council might be strapped for money, but I really think that
it'd be better off taking $150,000 off the road works than playing
around with people's lives and trying to get sponsorship for the
The Council says
negotiations are underway to provide lifeguards at Tuross Head,
and stakeholders will fund professional patrols at Surf Beach, Malua
Bay, Broulee and Narooma.
email sent to the Eurobodalla Shire Mayor and Councillors
BCC THBOA members - September
you might be aware another radio interview took place toady Tuesday
28th on ABC South East Radio in regards to the lack of Beach Patrol
funding for this summer.
doubt a transcript will be available for your reading pleasure
general the content reiterated that Tuross had no beach patrol
and that time was now running out to organise a summer Patrol
using Australian Lifesaving Services.
ABC will be seeking comment from representatives of the Tuross
Head Business Owners Association tommorow.
is vital to the financial viability of this township that a beach
patrol be in place.
understand that a response will be sought from Council of the
status of this matter.
are hopeful that you will go on radio and give an ABSOLUTE UNDERTAKING
TO COMMIT FUNDS TO A PATROL FOR THE SUMMER OF 2010/2011 SHOULD
A SPONSOR NOT BE FOUND IN THE NEXT WEEK.
note it will be most difficult from the THBOA point of view not
to make comments to air of:
* the apparent lack of any business risk assessment to tourism
and the financial well being of affected communities in Eurobodalla
when the descision was made to withdraw Beach patrol funding with
no alternate provision established to provide a continuity and
assurity of beach patrol service.
* the possible withholding from the general public of the annual
Australian Lifesaving Services 2009/2010 report which showed increases
in the Beach Patrol service demands of the previous summer including
the number of lives saved in that period. It took six months after
the report was provided to Council. to see the figures and that
was only after an open request by the Tuross Head Progress Association
to yourself (a copy has now been provided with an assurity by
Council it will be possted to their website "in the near
yet there has been no response to the matter by Tourism Eurobodalla
to its Tuross members outraged that one hand of Council has seriously
undermined the other.
lives are at stake in this regard the livelihood of our businesses,
our families and our community is now placed at even higher risk
for the sake of $24,000 for the Tuross Patrol.
you suggested that the community chip in let it be known that
over the last twelve months this community has suffered from the
GFC, a lake that was closed, two floods, a toxic container being
found in the lake resulting in statenwide media coverage of the
cleanup, all contributing to a loss of income and a downturn in
visitor trade, and now we are bought to our financial knees once
agin with visitors withdrawing their summer holiday bookings because
of your descision. There is no $24.000 available from local business
- it turns out we are suffering as much as Council however.....
the loss of revenue from the resultant press in regards to withdrawal
of beach patrol funding now vastly exceeds, for Eurobodalla Shire
Council, the mere $150,000 that was required.
of face, loss of faith, loss of any hint of community mindedness,
lack of foresightedness and anticipation of the events that would
unfurl and lack of any forthright, responsible and timely response
that would quell the tide of bad press for the Eurobodalla - the
losses far exceed $150,000 for Product Eurobodalla and sadly for
await the phonecall from Tim Holt tommorow.
the longweekend approaching the opportunity will arise for a public
meeting to be held at One Tree Point to give residents and visitors
some background into the situation and to hear the concerns of
both the Lifesaving representives, the Tuross business representatives
and speakers from our other local Tuross Head organisations such
as the VRA and Tuross Progress Association.
this come to pass we will extend Councillors an invitation to
attend so that they might explain their descision in regard to
withdrawal of the Beach Patrol funding.
the 72 very concerned members of the THBOA
email sent to the Eurobodalla Shire Mayor and Councillors
BCC THBOA members - September
Beach Patrol - Tuross Head - ABC Local Radio News
September 27, 2010 at 09:50:00
article has been aired today, September 27, 2010
over withdrawal of lifeguards at Tuross
September 27, 2010 09:50:00
official says the withdrawal of paid beach lifeguards will have
a major economic effect on a Eurobodalla tourist centre on the
New South Wales far south coast.
Council has axed profession beach patrols to help plug a $1m budget
hole and called on licensed clubs to foot the bill for paid lifesavers
in the shire's north.
the opening of the surfing season at the weekend, Andrew Edmonds
from Far South Coast Surf Live-saving says beaches in the south
have been left without patrols.
says swimmers at Tuross should look for alternative beaches.
you are not a confident swimmer and not familiar with the surf
conditions I wouldn't go to those beaches," he said.
would head north to Moruya or Narooma in the south and just avoid
swimming in the area altogether.
that could obviously have a profound impact on tourism and businesses
in that community so we strongly encourage the Eurobodalla Council
to retain the life guard service there."
The members of the Tuross Head Business Association are outraged
and in horror of the suggestion that summer visitors "head
north to Moruya or Narooma in the south and just avoid swimming
in the area altogether."
Such a radio
broadcast at a time of high numbers of ACT and NSW visitors beeing
in earshot whilst on school holidays is perilous to our summer
holiday visitation and to our overall financial well being.
The radio statement
ended with :"Now that could obviously have a profound impact
on tourism and businesses in that community so we strongly encourage
the Eurobodalla Council to retain the life guard service there."
there will be a profound impact and it is absolutely vital that
Council publically declares, as soon as possible. that there will
be a Beach patrol in the local and ACT media and quash all rumours
Can you please
advise our acting secretary of your immediate response to the
above request and the above news item so that your answer can
be immediately distributed to our seventy two members (and growing)
be no response within 48 hours the THBOA will be calling a public
meeting for this long weekend to
inform the wider community of Councils actions and lack of response.
This has now
become a very serious issue that needs to be nipped in the bud
Status - Media statement
released by Council
Shire Council Media Release
starts recruiting Eurobodalla lifeguards
Shire Council has asked Surf Lifesaving NSW to begin recruiting
professional lifeguards to patrol four of the Eurobodalla’s
beaches for six weeks over summer.
on the four beaches – Surf Beach, Malua Bay, Broulee and
Narooma – are being funded by local businesses and stakeholders.
the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club and the Village Centre will sponsor
the professional lifeguards for Surf Beach and Malua Bay and the
Tomakin Social Club will sponsor Broulee. Narooma’s lifeguards
are being provided courtesy of Country Energy, the Narooma Plaza
and Dial Before You Dig.
Shire Mayor, Fergus Thomson, says funding continues to be sought
for the beaches at Tuross Head, Moruya and Dalmeny, and that he
was disappointed by the response he had received from the NSW
Government. “We were unsuccessful in our bid to seek support
for Dalmeny from the National Parks and Wildlife Service but we
are still exploring other avenues to fund professional lifeguards
is still also being sought for Moruya and negotiations to provide
lifeguards at Tuross Head are well underway.
said he would like to congratulate all the sponsors so far who
have entered into sponsorship agreements and asks the community
to support these businesses in this endeavour.
lifesavers will continue to patrol Malua Bay, Broulee, Moruya
and Narooma beaches on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
during summer as they have in past years. The professional lifeguards
will patrol the beaches from Monday to Friday and are expected
to start around 18 December and finish on Australia Day, 26 January
In an email sent to THBOA members
the following comment was made:
In the above media release
it says "Funding is still also being sought for Moruya and
negotiations to provide lifeguards at Tuross Head are well underway."
What if the Mayor had said "Funding
is still also being sought for Moruya and negotiations to provide
lifeguards at Tuross Head are well underway and we can give the
residents, visitors and busnesses of Tuross Head an absolute assurance
that there will be a beach patrol this summer."
Such a loss of opportunity - It would
have just all gone away - Council could have been the heros, the
behind the scene financing and sponsorship deals could have continued
and the community , summer visitors and busnesses could have breathed
a sigh of relief.
SADLY THE GAME STILL CONTINUES.......
The THBOA will continue to press hard
on Council to confirm that there will be patrols, and that they
will also cover Saturday, Sundays and Public Holidays.
hit Tuross tourism
BY PAMELA FROST Bay Post - 24 Sep, 2010
Sept 19th, 2010 - General
Meeting regarding Beach Patrol Tuross
Proposed withdrawal of Beach patrol - Tuross Head – Summer 2010
held at Tern Inn – read
following is a media
release from the previous summer
15 December 2009
Lifeguards on Eurobodalla beaches this Summer
From this Saturday
19 December, professional lifeguards will join Surf Life Saving
volunteers in patrolling seven of the Shire's beaches.
Shire Council has contracted Surf Life Saving Services NSW to
provide two professional lifeguards per beach at Surf Beach, Malua
Bay, Broulee, Moruya, Tuross, Dalmeny and Narooma until Australia
Day, Tuesday 26 January 2010.
will be on each beach from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
and 9.00am to 1.00pm on Saturdays.
the volunteer Surf Life Saving Services that have been working
since early October will patrol Malua Bay, Broulee, Moruya and
Narooma beaches during public holidays, Sundays and a half day
our beaches the focus of much activity over summer, Council's
Director for Roads and Recreation, Warren Sharpe, says the professional
services of Australian lifeguards and the volunteers of Surf Life
Saving enhance beach safety in the Eurobodalla.
like all our visitors to have a safe and enjoyable time over the
coming holiday period. We ask therefore that they take the safer
option and swim at the patrolled beaches," he said.