New patrol tower stands tall over Hervey Bay

Media Release

FN016/2017

17 February 2017

  • New tower means lifesavers can see the beach and swimmers better.
  • The tower is a boost for the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club
  • Funded by a $100,000 investment from the Coalition Government.

Beachgoers at Hervey Bay will be more visible, and safer, as the Surf Life Saving Club begins using a new patrol tower, officially opened today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the tower creates a safer environment so more people can enjoy the beach.

"This new patrol tower means the surf lifesavers can see the beach and the swimmers better, making everyone safer," Minister Nash said.

"Surf life saving clubs are an institution in our coastal regions, and they make families feel safe going to the beach."

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt joined the community today for the official opening. Mr Pitt said the better visibility provided by the tower could be critical in the early detection of dangerous situations.

"On busy summer days it's important to have the best support for our surf live saving services, which is what the new tower provides," Mr Pitt said.

"Australia has the most beautiful beaches in the world attracting local and international visitors, and our lifeguards do an incredible job keeping our beachgoers safe."

The project was funded through a $100,000 investment from Coalition Government.