Smart phone app to save lives 

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, said a new smart phone application will prevent many tourists getting into difficulty along the coast’s wonderful beaches because they don’t understand beach and surf conditions.

Mr Elmes said visitors to Queensland’s beaches will be able to get vital information to keep them safe, made available in their own language, all thanks to the Beachsafe smart phone application.

“The free app provides real-time information in 72 languages about beach and surf conditions, supplemented by safety advice and beach information,” Mr Elmes said.

“Understanding beach and surf conditions and following safe surfing techniques are pre-requisites to enjoying our great beach environment incident-free.

“Unfortunately, drowning victims in Australia include an over-representation of people from culturally diverse backgrounds who are considered a high-risk group by surf authorities.

“The app is directed at people from non-English speaking backgrounds, but it also includes an English version to provide useful information to plan that perfect day at the beach.

“I was pleased to see that Noosa rates only 3/10 at the bottom of the hazard scale.

“The app is also accurate in describing Noosa Heads as ‘one of Australia’s favourite tourist destinations’, and ‘a prime surfing spot’ with ‘some of Australia’s best right hand breaks along the north side of the head’.

“The app supports the important water safety messages promoted via the State Government-sponsored On the Same Wave program run by Surf Life Saving Queensland.”

Mr Elmes said the app is easy to access, download and follow, providing people with real-time information in the palm of their hand, in their language, when they need it most.

“As we head into what looks like another long, hot Queensland summer, the Beachsafe application’s release is a timely reminder for us all to be vigilant, aware and prepared for the surf,” Mr Elmes said.

“I’d like to commend Surf Life Saving Australia and Surf Life Saving Queensland for their ongoing commitment to promoting water safety to all Australians and visitors.”

Mr Elmes said the app is available for download for either iPhones or Android-based smart phones.