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  • Funded by the NSW Government under the NSW Water Safety

    Black Spots Fund watersafety.nsw.gov.auA NSW Government water safety initiative

    Coastal Public Safety Risk Assessment Gosford Local Government Area

    July 2013

  • Coastal Public Safety Risk Assessment: Gosford Local Government Area

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    Surf Life Saving New South Wales, Belrose 2013 All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer While Surf Life Saving New South Wales endeavours to provide reliable analysis and believes the contents of this report to be accurate, it will not be liable for any claim by any party acting on such information. All rights are reserved and no part of this publication covered by copyright may be reproduced or copied in any form or by any means except with the written permission of Surf Life Saving New South Wales. We accept no duty of care or liability to you or any third party for any loss suffered in connection with the use of this document.

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ..................................................................................................................................... 5

    SUMMARY OF KEY RECOMMENDATIONS ........................................................................................................ 7

    1. INTRODUCTION, SCOPE & CONTEXT .......................................................................................................... 11

    1.1 INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................................................ 11 1.2 SCOPE AND CONTEXT ........................................................................................................................................ 12 1.3 LIMITATIONS ................................................................................................................................................... 13 1.4 DEFINITION OF TERMS ...................................................................................................................................... 13 1.5 PROJECT TEAM ................................................................................................................................................ 15

    2. ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY ................................................................................................................... 16

    2.1 INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................................................ 16 2.2 ASSESSMENT AREA/PARAMETERS ...................................................................................................................... 16 2.3 SITE INSPECTION .............................................................................................................................................. 18 2.4 HAZARD IDENTIFICATION AND RISK ASSESSMENT ................................................................................................... 19 2.5 DATA ANALYSIS ............................................................................................................................................... 20 2.6 BEACH HAZARD RATINGS AND OVERVIEW............................................................................................................. 20 2.7 ABSAMP BEACH TYPES AND RATINGS FOR BEACHES IN GOSFORD LGA ..................................................................... 21 2.8 ABSAMP BEACH TYPE CHARACTERISTIC OVERVIEW AND HAZARDS .......................................................................... 23 2.9 FACILITY VISITATION RATES (FVR) ...................................................................................................................... 26 2.10 FACILITIES ..................................................................................................................................................... 29 2.11 BEACH USAGE & INCIDENT STATISTICS ............................................................................................................... 30 2.12 COMMUNICATION AND CONSULTATION ............................................................................................................. 39

    3. RISK ASSESSMENT FINDINGS ...................................................................................................................... 42

    3.1 ACTION PLANNING PRIORITY (GROSS RISK) ........................................................................................................... 42 3.1.1 Action Planning Priority Index .............................................................................................................. 42

    3.1.2 Australian Beach Safety & Aquatic Management Program Rating (ABSAMP Rating) ........................ 43

    3.1.3 Local Population Rating ....................................................................................................................... 45

    3.1.4 Human/Activity Interaction Rating ...................................................................................................... 46

    3.1.5 Access Rating ....................................................................................................................................... 47

    3.1.6 Action Planning Priority Score .............................................................................................................. 49

    3.2 OVERVIEW OF PRINCIPAL RISK TREATMENTS ......................................................................................................... 53 3.2.1 Introduction ......................................................................................................................................... 53

    3.2.2 Hierarchy of Risk Treatments (Controls) .............................................................................................. 53

    3.2.3 Educate and Awareness Programmes ................................................................................................. 54

    3.2.4 Safety Signage ..................................................................................................................................... 58

    3.2.5 Emergency Marker System .................................................................................................................. 62

    3.2.6 Access Infrastructure and Ongoing Capital Works/Maintenance Programmes .................................. 64

    3.2.7 Public Rescue Equipment ..................................................................................................................... 66

    3.2.8 System of Supervision .......................................................................................................................... 68

    4. EMERGENCY RESPONSE ............................................................................................................................. 80

    4.1 EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS/REPORTING - TRIPLE ZERO (000) ........................................................................... 80 4.2 EMERGENCY RESPONSE BEACONS ....................................................................................................................... 80 4.3 EMERGENCY SERVICE RESPONSE ......................................................................................................................... 82 4.4 CENTRAL COAST EMERGENCY TASKING ................................................................................................................ 85

    5 MONITOR AND REVIEW .............................................................................................................................. 87

    6. REFERENCES ............................................................................................................................................... 88

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    APPENDIX A: ACCESS AND SIGNAGE SCHEDULE APPENDIX B: RISK REGISTER AND TREATMENT PLAN APPENDIX C: PUBLIC RESCUE EQUIPMENT APPENDIX D: SITE LOCATIONS APPENDIX E: SURVEY RESULTS

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    Executive Summary This report contains findings and recommendations specific to current International and Australian standards, guidelines and best practice risk management processes. The report contains information specific to locations under the authority of Gosford City Council, National Parks & Wildlife Service Office of Environment & Heritage and Crown Lands.

    1 Forresters 16 Bouddi Point

    2 Spoon Bay 17 Maitland Bay

    3 Wamberal 18 Gerrin Point

    4 Terrigal 19 Bullimah

    5 Terrigal Haven 20 Putty/Killcare

    6 Skillion Head 21 Tallow

    7 North Avoca 22 Little Tallow

    8 Avoca 23 Box Head

    9 Winnie Bay 24 Iron Ladder

    10 Copacabana 25 Lobster

    11 MacMasters 26 Ocean

    12 Mourwaring Point 27 Umina

    13 Little 28 Pearl

    14 Bombi Point 29 Middle Head

    15 Caves Bay

    Activities/Facilities The area has approx 37 kilometres of assessed coastline and is a beach fringed local government area. The area is administered by the Gosford City Council & National Park & Wildlife Service. There are 21 beaches in the assessment area starting from Forresters NSW283 to Middle Head NSW299. There are numerous rock platforms along the coastline that can see moderate levels of rock platform use (e.g. rock fishing