More funds to help reduce drowning

Published 15th October, 2014 in Health, Sport & Recreation

Eleven water safety and community organisations will receive $2 million in funding to help reduce deaths caused by drowning.

Surf Lifesaver watching over beach
Surf Lifesaver watching over beach

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Stuart Ayres said the organisations played a vital role in educating the community about water safety.

“This NSW Government funding is well deserved and will allow these organisations to continue their outstanding work in this area,” Mr Ayres said.

The organisations receiving funding are:

  • Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association
  • AUSTSWIM
  • Ballina High School Parents and Citizens Association
  • Boating Industry Association of NSW
  • Royal Life Saving NSW
  • Surf Educators International
  • Surf Life Saving NSW
  • Surfing NSW
  • Swimming NSW
  • Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW
  • Yachting NSW

Chief Executive Officer of Royal Life Saving NSW David Mcallister said the funding would go towards the organisation’s learn to swim and survive program targeting adults from Asian and African communities.

“The money will also help us continue our campaign to raise awareness amongst young people about the risks associated with swimming when under the influence of alcohol,” Mr Mcallister said.

Surf Life Saving NSW will use the funds for its surf safety education in Western Sydney high schools and it coastal public safety risk assessment program.

Swimming NSW Mark will use the funding to subsidise learn to swim and water safety programs for the Indigenous community. 

The funding is part of the Water Safety Black Spots Fund, which the NSW Government will provide $12 million to over four years.

Published 15th October, 2014 in Health, Sport & Recreation