App users will get information on beach closures sooner. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
App users will get information on beach closures sooner. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

New app for MyBeachInfo to advise swimmers, surfers of closures.

A SMART phone app has been developed as part of the newly launched MyBeachInfo website.

The app is part of enhancements to the website by Ballina Shire Council and Lismore City Council.

Beachgoers will now have ready access to beach conditions in Ballina Shire at their fingertips.

"MyBeachInfo is the close cousin of MyRoadInfo, which has been a successful platform for relaying road closure information to the public since 2008," Ballina Shire Council general manager Paul Hickey said.

"It made perfect sense to use this same technology to relay information on beach closures and openings in the Ballina Shire."

How it works is: a map of the coastline displays icons of beach openings, closures and cautions.

When a decision has been made by the local authorities to open or close a beach, updates can be made to the website remotely by authorised personnel.

The App allows users to receive a notification when their favourite beaches are updated.

MyBeachInfo is not intended to provide specific information on shark sightings; its sole purpose is to provide information on the status (eg. open / closed) of monitored beaches at a point in time.

MyBeachInfo also provides links to other beach information such as patrols, conditions via BeachSafe.org.au

MyBeachInfo has been developed by Ballina Shire Council and Lismore City Council, as part of a NOROC resource sharing project.

Beachgoers are urged to download the new, free MyBeachInfo app which is available for iPhones and Android devices.



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