Summer lifeguard patrols begin across Macleay beaches

Media release - 21 December 2018

Beachgoers throughout the Kempsey Shire are reminded to swim between the flags and be aware of surf conditions as lifeguard patrols of local beaches begin next week.

In conjunction with volunteer surf club members, Council lifeguards will be patrolling the beaches during the school holidays.

Lifeguards will patrol beaches at Grassy Head and Horseshoe Bay at South West Rocks from Monday, 24 December 2018 to Monday, 28 January from 9am until 5pm, seven days a week.

Patrols at South West Rocks main beach, Hat Head and Crescent Head main beach also begin on Monday, 24 December from 9am until 5pm on weekdays, concluding on Friday, 25 January.

Council’s Director of Operations and Planning, Robert Fish, stressed the important of swimming between the flags when visiting local beaches.

“We encourage residents and visitors to enjoy the Macleay Valley’s beautiful waterways by swimming safely at a patrolled beach,” Mr Fish said.

“As well as swimming within the red and yellow flags, beachgoers should also take notice of any signs on or around the beach for their own safety.”

Council also operates four swimming pools in Kempsey, South West Rocks, Gladstone and Crescent Head. The public pools are a popular way to escape the heat, relax, learn to swim, attend a bootcamp, or swim laps.

For more information on patrols or the shire’s swimming pools visit

Patrolled swimming area, Horseshoe BayBeachgoers are reminded to swim between the flags on Macleay’s patrolled beaches