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Thumbs up for new tower

INVERLOCH surf life savers are thrilled with their new patrol tower on the surf beach.

The tower has been in use for two weeks and the patrollers have already seen a huge difference in their ability to keep an eye on beach-goers.

The original tower was pulled down after a king tide caused severe damage to the structure. The new building was constructed off the beach and is now located further along the foreshore than the original.

The club aimed to have the tower operating by the start of the busy season.

“It’s been fantastic and has certainly improved the way we operate,” Inverloch Surf Life Saving club president Angela Malan said.

“It has increased our visibility and the new aerial has increased our communications.”

A freezer has been installed in the new tower to store ice packs so patrollers can administer minor first aid treatment on site.

Prior to building the new tower, club members were without shelter and could not see over the entire beach. Now they can see from Flat Rocks to the opening of the inlet.

The club has 180 active patrollers who appreciate the new facility.

“We feel very privileged to have such a great tower in this position,” club volunteer Sally Mildenhall said.

“It gives us a broader spectrum of the beach.”

Fellow surf life saving club volunteer Kahlia Truman welcomed the community’s support of the club’s effort to build the new tower.

 

Back on track: from left, Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club patrollers Kahlia Truman and Sally Mildenhall love the new patrol tower on the surf beach, which allows them to oversee the beach from Flat Rocks to the opening of Anderson Inlet.

Back on track: from left, Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club patrollers Kahlia Truman and Sally Mildenhall love the new patrol tower on the surf beach, which allows them to oversee the beach from Flat Rocks to the opening of Anderson Inlet.

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