Water safety grant for Asian women at work

Issued: 1 February 2017

Media release - Minister for Emergency Services 

An active organisation founded by Asian women migrants will benefit from the NSW Government's Water Safety Fund Community Grants, Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant announced today.

Asian Women at Work will receive nearly $74,000 grant to fund a project that will promote and teach water safety to Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Filipino women, their families and their communities. 

"With 21 people drowning between Christmas and 8 January, we are committed to improving water safety awareness across NSW," Mr Grant said.

"This grant will provide water safety education to specific communities so activities such as swimming, fishing and boating can be enjoyed safely."

The program will focus on Asian migrant families and will be delivered through workshops and at community events and gatherings. Women will be trained as water safety advocates to help promote the importance water safety in their communities.

A ten week learn- to-swim class will be delivered in conjunction with swimming centres, alongside an information session on water safety. Community media will also be used to promote water safety messaging in these communities.

The grant for Asian Women at Work is in addition to $130,000 to deliver swimming lessons and water safety information sessions for refugee communities, and $195,000 in grants to fund water safety programs for Indigenous communities.

More information on the Water Safety Fund Community Grants is available at: www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au .