ALL’S well that ends well where the Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club’s patrol tower is concerned.
Last week, after months of argy-bargy, the patrol tower was lifted off its eroded foundations on the beach and placed on ‘skids’ in a new location further down the beach.
The result, according to the Surf Lifesaving Club’s president, Fiona McMahon-Hughes, is an excellent compromise and she has thanked the Bass Coast Shire Council for its cooperation.
“The shire has worked really well with us in the past few weeks, not only constructing the new walkway to the beach but also in agreeing to a new location for the tower and improving our sightlines up the beach,” Mrs McMahon-Hughes said.
“The result is that we’ll be able to use the patrol tower to improve safety on the beach for what is already shaping up as a busy summer.”
The patrol tower has been position on skids so that when the sand dunes build up or are eroded over time, the patrol tower can be moved into its best viewing position with the minimum of fuss.
“The new councillors in particular need to be congratulated for helping to find an excellent outcome for all concerned,” she said.
Mrs McMahon-Hughes said the patrol tower would eventually be fitted with solar panels and satellite communications so that it could be both fully-functional and autonomous.
The 700-volunteer member club provides beach patrols from 1pm-6pm on Saturdays and 10am-6pm on Sundays at the Inverloch Surf Beach through the Christmas-New Year period and right through to Easter.
There are also professional lifeguards at the beach during the week, from 10am-6pm.
The club’s Nippers program started on Tuesday, December 27 with 230 kids enrolled and the kiosk is open daily with drinks, coffee and snacks.