Safety a priority on NSW waterways

Published 11th January, 2018 in Sport & Recreation

The NSW Government has launched the Maritime Safety Plan to minimise trauma and promote safety on NSW waterways.

Father helping his daughter put on a lifejacket

The plan aims to reduce the rate of fatalities and serious injuries on NSW waterways by 30 per cent by the end of 2021 at 2014 levels. This would save four lives and prevent 16 serious injuries each year.

Its long-term vision is for zero fatalities and serious injuries by 2056.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said in the 12 months to June 2017, NSW recorded the lowest number of fatalities in at least 40 years, with only four casualties.

“While we have made significant progress in reducing drowning fatalities on boats, increased effort is needed to respond to non-drowning fatalities – caused by factors such as speed, alcohol, keeping a proper lookout and judgement,” Mrs Pavey said.

Read the Maritime Safety Plan 2017-21 online

Published 11th January, 2018 in Sport & Recreation