Gold Coast’s heart-warming gesture for retiring chief lifeguard

The Gold Coast Mayor has today announced that the city’s lifeguard headquarters will be named in honour of retiring chief lifeguard Warren Young.

After 47-years in the top job, Mr Young has decided it’s finally time to hang up the binoculars and will be retiring in the near future.

Mayor Tom Tate said the Gold Coast’s Lifeguard headquarters, located at Burleigh Heads, has been affectionately known as “Warren’s Office”, and now always will be.


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“So now, we can make it official with the name Warren Young Lifeguard Centre,” Mayor Tate said.

The honour comes just days after Mr Young was named the Gold Coast Citizen of the Year at the city’s annual Australia Day awards.

At the ceremony, Mayor Tate praised Mr Young’s incredible contribution to the city over the past four decades.

“He is a dead-set Gold Coast legend,” Mayor Tate said.

“There are few Gold Coasters more loved or recognised than Warren… His contribution to our city is significant.”

Mr Young, who is one of the city’s longest employees, first joined the lifeguard service in 1973.

He is one of the Gold Coast’s most recognised residents, credited with our lifeguard service becoming the first in Australia to use jet skis for rescues.

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