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Funding for Water Safety Programs

13th May 2012

Ministerial media release


Eight water safety initiatives have been granted funding as part of the 2011/12 Water Safety Black Spots Fund.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher has today announced the organisations, which have a focus on reducing the rate of drowning deaths in NSW, will share $2 million funding.

"This is an election commitment that we are now delivering to ensure drowning deaths across NSW are reduced," Minister Gallacher said.

"The eight successful organisations (listed below) were chosen from a pool of 11 outstanding applicants.

  • AUSTSWIM NSW - Training and Education programs for CALD, Indigenous and disability groups - $150,000

  • Boating Industry Association - Delivering the Boat Smart safe boating program to more schools in NSW - $194,300

  • Samuel Morris Foundation - Education and campaigns targeting children aged 0-5 - $50,000

  • Westmead Children's Hospital - Education and campaigns targeting children aged 0-5 - $201,250

  • Recreational Fishing Alliance - In relation to Rock Fishing - $321,000

  • Royal Life Saving NSW (RLS) - Various initiatives - $563,000

  • Surf Life Saving (SLS) - Costal Public Safety Risk Assessment - $320,000

  • Surfing NSW - Produce one-day certification of CPR and board rescue skills - $200,000

"These organisations provide water safety initiatives that focus on known black spot locations, address high risk populations, or address emerging water safety issues.

"Identifying black spots is vital to ensuring the safety of everyone who takes part in water activities, be it swimming, surfing or fishing.

"These organisations are passionate about identifying problem areas and ensuring lives are not put in unnecessary danger," Minister Gallacher said.

"This is the first round of a four year program so I would urge applicants that were not successful this time around, to reapply next year.

"I applaud the successful applicants for their passion and hard work," Minister Gallacher said.


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