Lake Macquarie City Council has temporarily closed all four of its patrolled beaches (Redhead, Caves, Blacksmiths and Catherine Hill Bay) in response to the NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services’ announcement to control crowds exceeding 500 people at NSW beaches, and the growing popularity of the Lake Mac coastline.
Taking beach visitor numbers from Saturday) into account (Redhead and Caves both reached the 500-people restriction), Council’s Manager Leisure Services Brad Sutton said that the temporary closure would allow Council to plan how it can comply with the new restrictions and not put the community or lifeguards at risk. Also closed is West Wallsend Swim Centre until further notice.
“We know how much our community loves the water and we want to do all that we can to keep everyone safe. However the water safety message of ‘swim between the flags’ is essentially encouraging people to congregate in close proximity, therefore contravening the NSW Government’s restrictions,” Mr Sutton said.
“Given the current advice from NSW Health, these actions by Council are vital to help safeguard our community as we all work to limit the spread of COVID-19.”
“Council will do all that it can to adapt so that we can continue providing services to the Lake Macquarie community and keep our beaches safe.”
The long stretches of sandy coastline between Redhead and Catho still allow for social distancing, and the community is encouraged to enjoy tomorrow’s sunshine with a stroll along the beach or a walk in the shallows with their four-legged friend on Nine Mile Beach between Second and Third creeks or Hams Beach.
We all have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19. For information about how Council is responding to the evolving COVID-19 situation, visit https://www.lakemac.com.au/COVID-19.