For more than a hundred years, surf lifeguards have kept people safe at the country's beaches.
But with clouds looming on the horizon, the government is being asked to step in and fund the service in order to keep the red and yellow flags flying.
Already some holiday hotspots have had their patrols axed due to a lack of funding, and volunteers have been limping off the beaches - exhausted by their workload.
In this extended interview Surf Lifesaving Northern Region CEO, Mathew Williams, explains the problems in detail as well as lists potential solutions.
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