New lifeguard tower to be built as lifeguards prepare for summer rush

The Gold Coast Council has announced they’ll build a new lifeguard tower on the northern part of The Spit as preparations for summer ramp up.

Councils says the development of their 46th tower is part of their coastal-wide protection plan.

It’ll be located on the northern part of the beach located between the seaway and sand pumping jetty.


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Mayor Tom Tate was tight lipped about the cost of the new tower as it will be put out to tender today.

He says he’d like to see a Gold Coast company build the new development.

“Any cost for the tower will be value for money,” he said.

“Anyone who’s swum between the flags in the last 50 years knows the value, we’ve never lost a life on our beaches.

“With the additional tower there will be extra safety here at The Spit.”

The tower will follow a similar design as its 39 counterparts littering the Gold Coast’s beaches but will include the latest in life saving technologies.

Acting Chief Lifeguard Chris Maynard said due to its popularity  The Spit needed another lifeguard tower.

“In this area, there’s always a lot of currents and rips – especially under the seaway pumping jetty,” he said.

“The lifeguards have done an amazing job over the years and this will certainly help them out.”

More beaches across the Coast will be opened up over the coming weeks.

After stints with the ABC and AAP, Mitchell joined 1029 Hot Tomato in 2017. He’ll be out and about bringing you the news that matters on the Coast.

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