Issued: 22 February 2016
Media release - Minister for Emergency Services
Campaigns targeting inland water safety and pool supervision are receiving funding to reduce drowning accidents in NSW, Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant announced today.
Mr Grant said Royal Life Saving NSW will receive $585,000 to deliver education programs in high risk areas that will encourage supervision and responsible behaviour around water, develop swimming skills and teach students CPR.
It has been a tragic summer for NSW, with 21 people drowning between Christmas and 8 January," Mr Grant said.
"Water accidents occur in rivers and lakes, in the surf, on boats, and in backyard swimming pools. Where there's water, there's danger. This funding will ensure additional resources reach more people.
"Our lifestyle revolves around water and while we want people to enjoy themselves, particularly when the temperature soars, we must also ensure people are aware of the dangers.
Royal Life Saving NSW is the first recipient of the Water Safety Fund Community Grants program for 2016-17. The four initiatives receiving funding are aimed at:
Royal Life Saving NSW was established in 1894 to reduce drowning and turn everyday people into community lifesavers.