This February life guards on Tathra Beach will have the red and yellow flags flying high, remaining on duty seven days a week – the only beach south of Mollymook to do so.
Rob White, Vice-President of the Tathra Chamber of Commerce said this was the third summer where the local business community have chipped in to keep life guards on duty past their normal end of January deadline.
“Combined with the volunteer patrols by Tathra Surf Life Saving Club each weekend, we are the only beach north or south with life guards on duty every day in February.”
The cost of keeping paid life guards on duty Monday to Friday is $13,200 a cost shared between seven local business houses.
“We have a duty of care to our visitors and providing a life guard service beyond the December – January service provided by Bega Valley Shire Council is a big part of that.
“And what the locals will tell you is that February is the best time to visit Tathra – no crowds, no lining up, cheaper accommodation and the water is at its warmest.” Mr White said.