In June the new Surf Life Saving NSW Northern Operations Centre opened to great fanfare in Port Macquarie, and as it moves into its first summer the state’s Lifeguards are already seeing the benefits.

The new facility is a significant regional development which will provide greater training, education and sporting opportunities to Lifeguards and Lifesavers throughout the north of the state and is the result of generous joint funding from the NSW and Australian Governments.

Australian Lifeguard Service Supervisors attended their annual induction day at the new hub in September, and by all accounts it was widely regarded as a successful first test.

“Having this facility makes a huge difference for our Lifeguards based along the North Coast and beyond,” ALS NSW Manager Brent Manieri said.

“Port Macquarie is ideally located for our Lifeguards in the northern area to travel to and it gives them the same opportunities their city counterparts enjoy. The new facility has enough space to meet all our needs, and its modernity allows us to train Lifeguard in a first class environment.”

ALS Lifeguards were put through their paces on the day as they were introduced to all the policies, paperwork, and procedures that is mandatory before the new season.

The area has become something of a hub for emergency service workers with the new building being the latest agency to set up facilities in the area, alongside the SES.

“Strategically being located in this area is advantageous for the ALS both in the short and long term as in the line of work we do building these relationships are crucial to ensure when the occasion arises we are all able to work together to respond rapidly to emergency situations on our beaches,” Mr Manieri said.