Play smart this summer on Macleay’s beaches and reserves

Community life - 8 January 2019

With the summer holiday period in full swing, Kempsey Shire Council is reminding the community to play smart on our beaches, parks and reserves.

Council’s Manager of Development and Compliance, Graham Snow, said a few simple steps would help ensure the safety and enjoyment of all beachgoers and users of parks and reserves.

Stay smart this holiday period by:

  • Swimming between the flags
  • Making sure you have a permit to drive on the beach
  • Always take note of parking and safety signs at beaches and reserves
  • Respecting our public facilities
  • Taking your rubbish to the bins provided

Mr Snow encouraged residents and visitors to enjoy themselves responsibly and take pride in Council’s popular public spaces.

“Council’s rangers will be actively patrolling key areas across the Shire, particularly our public reserves, foreshore areas, parks and beaches,” he said.

“They will focus on things like parking to ensure that drivers are abiding by signage and ensuring that people are walking their dogs in designated areas and at the right times.”

Lifeguards and surf club members throughout the Kempsey Shire are also reminding beachgoers to swim between the flags and be mindful of surf conditions.

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

Patrols at South West Rocks, Hat Head and Crescent Head main beaches will occur from 9am until 5pm, five days a week, concluding on Friday, 25 January.

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

4WD and people on beachMotorists must have a permit to access Macleay’s beaches with vehicles