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         WYONG SHIRE COUNCIL BEACH LIAISON COMMITTEE

          Minutes of the Wyong Shire Council Beach Liaison Committee Meeting
      Held on Monday, November 20 2006 at 7.40am, Wyong Civic Centre, Hely Street,
                                        Wyong



PRESENT

Wyong Shire Council
Councillor Ron Stevens (Deputy Chairperson)
Mr Allan Cook (WSC)
Ms Judy Jaeger (Manager Customer and Community Services)
Mr Ian Rhodes (WSC)

Surf Life Saving
Mr Chad Griffith (Chief Executive Officer SLSCC)
Mr Andrew McIvor (SLSNSW)
Mr Stuart Harvey (SLSCC)
Mr Mick Cook (Toowoon Bay SLSC)

1        APOLOGIES

Councillor R Stewart and Ms L Cumming.



2        Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest

The provisions of Chapter 14 of the Local Government Act 1993 regulate the way in which
Councillors and nominated staff of Council conduct themselves to ensure that there is no
conflict between their private interests and their public trust.

The Act prescribes that where a member of Council (or a Committee of Council) has a direct
or indirect financial (pecuniary) interest in a matter to be considered at a meeting of the
Council (or Committee), that interest must be disclosed as soon as practicable after the start
of the meeting and the reasons for declaring such interest.

As members are aware, the provisions of the Local Government Act restrict any member
who has declared a pecuniary interest in any matter from participating in the discussions, or
voting, on that matter.

RECOMMENDATION

         That the information be received and the fact that no disclosures were made
         noted.




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3        Confirmation of Minutes

The minutes of the meeting held on September 25 2006 were confirmed.


4        BUSINESS ARISING

4.1      Yamaha Rhino vehicle

Mr Cook advised that Shelly Beach would not receive a Yamaha Rhino vehicle until the next
swimming season in April 2007.

RECOMMENDATION

         That the report be received and information noted.


4.2      Strategic Beach Management Plan – Magenta Shores development

Mr Rhodes stated that Council was seeking legal advice regarding the provision of lifeguard
services for the development at Magenta Shores, which was expected to be received at the
end of this week.

Ms Jaeger advised that Council will be erecting large signs in the car park and on the beach
warning the public that the beach was unpatrolled.

RECOMMENDATION

         That Mr Rhodes inform the Committee about legal advice received on the
         provision of lifeguard services on the beach at Magenta Shores.


4.3      North Entrance beach access way

Mr Rhodes stated that, because of the nature of the beach, there did not appear to be an
immediate solution to modifying the access way to the North Entrance beach.

RECOMMENDATION

         That the report be received and information noted.


4.4      Current equipment review

Spinal boards

Mr Harvey tabled the ‘SLSCC – Wyong Shire Council Equipment Review’ dated 16
November 2006 highlighting pieces of equipment which were joint shared. Mr Harvey stated
that the Lifesavers could not use the spinal board (Ferno) as the associated head bed was
not endorsed by Surf Life Saving Australia who was advised, when wet, the head bed
became flimsy. Mr A Cook requested that Mr Harvey’s statement be modified to take into
account that SLSCC was using a board of a lesser standard than that used by Council.

Mr A Cook tabled a copy of a letter provided by a company specialising in Medical & Rescue
Risk Management which has provided the Combi-carrier spinal stretcher and head bed over
the last 10 years.

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Jet skis vs Utility Terrain Vehicles

Mr Harvey stated that consideration had to be given to occupational health and safety issues
relating to quad bikes particularly such as riders having to wear helmets, enclosed footwear
and glasses. There was also the issue of more than one person using the bike. Other
Councils have moved away from quad bikes and are using Yahama Rhino or the Club Car.
Mr Harvey suggested both SLSCC and Council investigate the provision of utility terrain
vehicles (UTVs) on all beaches.

Currently there is duplication of a Yamaha jet ski at Soldiers Beach and Toowoon Bay, one
owned by SLSCC and one by Council and it was suggested there needs to better use of
resources for the future.


Signage

With regard to signage Mr Harvey stated that both SLCCC and Wyong Council need to have
a standardised approach such as the Victorian produced National Aquatic and Recreational
Signage Style Manual, which was endorsed by the Australian Water Safety Council. Mr A
Cook advised that Council was using the Australia Standard 2416 as directed by the
Department of Local Government, and the Victorian manual has extra water safety signage
which are not included in AS 2416.

Mr Harvey stated that the signs on the beaches were 15 years old and out of date and
should form part of joint share arrangements. Mr A Cook stated that Lifeguards and
Lifesavers were using the same signs and in appropriate locations. Mr Harvey suggested
Lifesavers carry out an audit of signs on each of the six Council beaches including signs held
in the club house. Ms Jaeger suggested Mr A Cook provide SLSCC with a copy of the
standard signs currently being by Council Lifeguard. The Deputy Chairperson stressed that
this should be carried out as a matter of priority.

Mr M Cook expressed concern about the two differing points of view and did not know
whether SLSCC’s or Council’s are correct and if Lifesavers are operating under the
appropriate policy.




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Radio network

Mr Harvey stated that SLSCC’s current radio network is set up at Warringah and suggested
discussions be held to bring it to the Central Coast. Mr A Cook stated that this matter was
investigated in the mid 1990’s and found the costs proposed by SLSNSW were too high. For
this reason Lifeguards installed an alternate system, which was more cost effective.

RECOMMENDATION

        1         That SLSCC and Council investigate sharing of equipment to maximise
                  future use.

        2         That Mr A Cook immediately provide SLSCC with a copy of the standard
                  signs used by Council and remove all inappropriate signage.

        3         That Mr Harvey arrange an audit of signage on each of the six Council
                  beaches and submit findings to the Committee for consideration at the next
                  meeting.

        4         That the radio network be raised for discussion at the next Committee
                  meeting.


4.5      Provision of additional Lifeguards

Messrs Harvey and Chadwick stressed the need for Council to increase the number of
Lifeguards to eliminate having to work on a one-off basis. Mr Rhodes stated a risk
assessment was currently being carried out on Lifeguards and undertook to provide details at
the next meeting.

RECOMMENDATION

         That Mr Rhodes submit the outcome of the Lifeguard risk assessment at the next
         meeting.


4.6      Strategic issues

Messrs Chadwick and Harvey noted that from previous minutes a great deal of time was
spent in discussing maintenance and suggested that each surf club follow the appropriate
procedure to have these matters rectified. It was particularly noted that strategies were
inadquately addressed.

At the last meeting of Surf Club Presidents held on Thursday, 16 November 2006 Mr Harvey
advised members that he did not want them to attend the Wyong Shire Beach Liaison
Committee meeting because he believed that SLSCC should go with one approach. Mr
Harvey suggested Presidents be invited to two Committee meetings to discuss maintenance
issues and any other matters requiring discussion.

Mr M Cook expressed his opinion that Toowoon Bay did not agree with the above approach.

RECOMMENDATION

         That the strategic and operational plan be discussed at a special meeting to be
         held immediately after the swimming season in 2007.




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4.7      Toowoon Bay – cleaning of building

Mr M Cook advised that a small guerney costing approximately $100 could be trialled at
Toowoon Bay surf club to use for cleaning. It was noted that it was more efficient to use
recycled rather than town water.

RECOMMENDATION

         That a small guerney be purchased for use at Toowoon Bay.


4.8      The Entrance Surf Club – towing jet ski

Mr Cook advised The Entrance Surf Club was required to send a letter to Council requesting
consideration be given to purchasing a 450cc Kodiak vehicle to tow the jet ski. It was
suggested the matter be discussed after the close of the swimming season in 2007.

RECOMMENDATION

         That purchase of a 450cc Kodiak for The Entrance Surf Club be discussed at the
         meeting after the close of 2007 swimming season.


4.9      Flushing of outboard motors and jet skis

Mr Rhodes advised that permanent water tanks will be installed underground at five surf
clubs excluding Toowoon Bay.

RECOMMENDATION

         That the report be received and information noted.

Note: After the meeting Mr Rhodes advised that the above will not take place at North
Entrance and Lakes Surf Clubs because these facilities have access to bore water.

4.10 Toowoon Bay – removal of old stairs

Mr M Cook stated that the old stairs constituted a danger to the public and Mr Rhodes
undertook top investigate the matter.

RECOMMENDATION

         That Mr Rhodes investigate removing the old stairs at Toowoon Bay Surf Club.


5        GENERAL BUSINESS

5.1      SLSCC information

For the Committee’s information, Mr Harvey tabled the following information:

a)       SLSNSW (Training Division) Standard Operating Procedures
b)       2006/2007 Standard Operating Manual (Beach Patrols)
c)       National Aquatic and Recreational Signage Style Manual, 3rd edition
d)       SLSCC Club Director Emergency Contacts Emergency Management Information




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The Deputy Chairperson requested whether Item (b) had been checked against SLSCC
Strategic and Operational Management Plan and Mr Harvey undertook to pursue the matter.

Mr McIvor tabled the following newletters:

a)       2007 Year of the Surf Lifesaver – Facts Sheets
b)       BeachSafe (an update on beach and aquatic safety from SLSA)
c)       Surf Life (the official newsletter of SLSNSW)
d)       Resuscitation Chart
e)       Senior First Aid and Resuscitation Courses

RECOMMENDATION

         That Mr Harvey establish whether the 2006/2007 Standard Operating Manual had
         been checked against SLSCC Strategic and Operational Management Plan.


5.2      Emergency communication

Mr A Cook stated that many members of the public and the police look for a surf club’s
telephone number in the phone box, however, often a recorded message is provided or
located in an office. Following an emergency at Blue Bay two weeks ago, The Entrance polic
contacted Mr Cook on his private number at home. Mr A Cook enquired whether there was a
procedure to cover emergency calls in surf clubs.

Mr Harvey suggested that the Police, SLSCC and Council have a meeting to discuss the
matter.

RECOMMENDATION

         That Mr Harvey organise a meeting with the local Police, SLSCC, Wyong and
         Gosford Councils to discuss the procedures for emergency communication.


6        Date of next meeting

The next meeting is scheduled to be held on Monday, February 19 2007.


THERE BEING NO FURTHER BUSINESS THE MEETING CLOSED AT 8.55AM.




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                                        SUMMARY OF REQUIRED ACTIONS

         Item                         Recommendation                                    Actioning Officer
         1           Strategic Beach Management Plan – Magenta Shores
                          development

                     That Mr Rhodes inform the Committee about legal advice                 I Rhodes
                          received on the provision of lifeguard services on the
                          beach at Magenta Shores.


         2           Current equipment review
                                                                                         I Rhodes/A Cook
                     1         That SLSCC and Council investigate sharing of            S Harvey/C Griffith
                               equipment to maximise future use.

                     2         That Mr A Cook immediately provide SLSCC with a               A Cook
                               copy of the standard signs used by Council and remove
                               all inappropriate signage.

                     3         That Mr Harvey arrange an audit of signage on each of        S Harvey
                               the six Council beaches and submit findings to the
                               Committee for consideration at the next meeting.

                     4         That the radio network be raised for discussion at the      Committee
                               next Committee meeting.

         3           Provision of additional Lifeguards

                     That Mr Rhodes inform the Committee about legal advice                 I Rhodes
                          received on the provision of lifeguard services on the
                          beach at Magenta Shores.

         4           Strategic issues

                     That the strategic and operational plan be discussed at a             Committee
                          special meeting to be held immediately after the
                          swimming season in 2007.

         5           The Entance Surf Club – towing jet ski

                     That purchase of a 450cc Kodiak for The Entrance Surf Club            Committee
                          be discussed at the meeting after the close of 2007
                          swimming season.

         6           SLSCC information

                     That Mr Harvey establish whether the 2006/2007 Standard                S Harvey
                          Operating Manual had been checked against SLSCC
                          Strategic and Operational Management Plan.




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