Issued: 2 November 2017
With temperatures rising and summer just around the corner, the NSW Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant has announced $1 million in water safety grants to help prevent drowning deaths.
Mr Grant said this round of funding benefits culturally and linguistically diverse groups, parents of infants and young children and regional communities.
"Our Water Safety Community Grants program means more people - from Bondi to Brewarrina and Coonamble to the Central Coast - will be better prepared for summer on our waterways," Mr Grant said.
"We're working to improve access to water safety education and build water confidence and skills so communities right across NSW can safely enjoy our beaches, rivers, lakes and swimming pools.
"It doesn't matter if you're a novice or an expert around water, if English is your first or second language, or you're three or sixty-three. We need everyone to take water safety seriously if we are to avoid a tragic summer like the last."
Mr Grant said he was committed to working with water safety organisations, community groups and research bodies to better prevent drowning deaths.
"This $1 million investment is being shared across initiatives such as new technology, swimming lessons, CPR training and school programs, and will reach coastal and in-land regions," Mr Grant said.
Over the past ten months, the NSW Government has taken a number of steps to improve water safety including:
In the last financial year, there were 93 drowning deaths in NSW, and between last Christmas and 2 January tragically 17 people lost their lives on our waterways.
For further information on the Water Safety Grants program please visit:
*Each application for the Water Safety Community Fund was assessed by an independent advisory panel of NSW Government agency representatives with responsibility for water safety policy and programs.*