Visitors to Tathra Beach on the state’s Far South Coast can enjoy an extended lifeguard patrolling services this summer after local businesses bonded together to fund an additional month of patrols for a second straight year.

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) will provide a lifeguard service to patrol Tathra Beach once again after last season’s extended patrol through February proved to be an unqualified success.

Traditionally Bega Valley Shire Council provides lifeguard services for eight beaches across the region from Boxing Day through to Australia Day, which is the peak period for holidaymakers in the region.

In fact under the terms of the contract, Tathra Beach will now be the only beach from Batemans Bay through to the Victorian border that will be patrolled throughout February. This will be a bonus for holidaying families and retirees who can take advantage of the a safe patrolled beach and the local knowledge that the lifeguards will bring to the job.

Rob White from Tathra Beach House Apartments who spearheaded the campaign last year is delighted that they were able to secure funding from the local business community once again.

“As holiday accommodation providers the safety of our guests is something that we take seriously. Having that extra month of patrols is really important for our local community for not only safety reasons, but also having a point of difference that we can offer to prospective tourists.

“We often have a surge of tourists later in the summer especially retirees and young families, and having lifeguards on means that they can go to the beach safely when they might not previously have done so.”

Local businesses Bega Valley Motors, Big 4 Tathra Beach, Tathra Beachside, Tathra Beach House Apartments, and the Tathra Chamber of Commerce have all backed the campaign by donating significant funds to assist in the provision of the lifeguard service for an extra month. Additional funding from the Southern Phone Grants Scheme made up the difference and ensured this project would once again come to fruition.

“Last season proved extremely successful in having additional lifeguard patrols for that extra month, and we are delighted that the business community have come aboard again this year,” said Australian Lifeguard Service NSW Manager Brent Manieri.

“We’re looking forward to returning to Tathra Beach and delivering a high quality of service to tourists and locals alike,” Mr Manieri said.