Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Community Should Step in to Help Educate Tourists

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Community Should Step in to Help Educate Tourists

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Byline: MEGAN KINNINMENT

SURF safety advice should be given at every shop, petrol bowser and holiday accommodation reception desk, Ballina Councillor Sharon Cadwallader says.

Following the inquest this week into the drowning of Irish tourist Stuart Butler at Tallow Beach last July, Ms Cadwallader wants all Northern Rivers locals to become surf safety ambassadors.

"We can all do more. From people in shops to those serving petrol, there's no better way to communicate than word of mouth," she said.

"Just tell tourists: Never ever swim unless it's between the flags."

Ms Cadwallader, who owns Leisure Lees Holiday Apartments in East Ballina, yesterday praised the State Coroner's recommendation that accommodation providers give weather updates and alerts to guests to prevent tourists swimming or surfing in dangerous conditions.

"We train our staff to educate visitors on conditions at our local waterways and beaches, and we leave flyers in our rooms on swimming between the flags," she said. …

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