Local professional surfer the face of a new COVIDSafe summer campaign

23 Dec 2020


Local surf star Philippa Anderson has joined with City of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie City Council to promote COVID safety at local beaches and baths this summer.

The Merewether surfer is the face of the interagency COVIDSafe summer campaign which consists of videos filmed on location at Newcastle, Bar, Caves and Redhead Beaches, and Merewether Ocean Baths to promote COVID safety to the community.

“I’m so proud to be part of this campaign to help spread the importance of staying safe at the beaches and baths this summer,” Anderson said.

“We are privileged to have such beautiful local beaches and ocean baths where we can surf and go for a swim, and we all have a role to play in staying safe while doing so.”

By keeping a towel length apart from one another, avoiding crowded areas at beaches and baths, and keeping our visits short, we can ensure that everyone has a chance to have a swim, surf or splash on warm summer days.

The COVIDSafe summer videos featuring Philippa Anderson will roll out on City of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie City Council’s website and social media platforms from today.

As part of the COVIDSafe campaign, new public announcements from the voice of local weather presenter, Gavin Morris, will be played at Newcastle and Lake Macquarie beaches to remind visitors to stay safe.

The joint agency project was supported by the NSW Police Force, on behalf of the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Emergency Management Committees.