​Water safety grants for Indigenous communities

Issued: 23 Februa​​ry 2017

Indigenous communities across the State will benefit from the NSW Government's strategy to reduce drowning deaths, Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant announced today.

A total of $195,000 under the Water Safety Fund Community Grants will go towards educating Indigenous communities about water safety, including swimming lessons for Indigenous children and adults.

"21 people drowned between Christmas and 8 January, in what has been a tragic summer for our State," Mr Grant said.

"Many of these deaths occurred in inland waterways such as rivers and creeks, and in backyard swimming pools, and they could have been prevented.

"These programs will assist Indigenous communities across NSW with vital water safety training including swimming lessons for infants, children and adults. They will also provide accredited swimming teacher training.

"We want to reduce drowning deaths, particularly in high risk populations, by promoting water safety, so everyone can enjoy the water wherever they may live."

Funding under the Water Safety Fund Community Grants program for 2016-17 has been allocated to the following projects:

  • $75,000 for Indigenous AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety Program. Phase one of the program will offer accredited training to 50 Indigenous adults (16 years and over) in a minimum of four key areas: Dubbo, Griffith, Redfern and Kempsey. Phase two will offer 2000 funded swimming water saving lessons to Indigenous children in these areas.
  • $100,000 for Swimming NSW Indigenous Participation Program. This aims to provide swimming lessons to Indigenous children (0-14 years), bronze medallion training for high school aged students, swimming lessons for disabled Indigenous students, and water safety information sessions.
  • $20,000 for KARI Parents and Bubs Swimming Program. This will deliver swimming and water familiarisation classes for up to 80 Indigenous children and infants aged six months to three years in Liverpool, Fairfield and Bankstown. It also aims to build water safety awareness and knowledge for parents.

More information on the Water Safety Fund Community Grants can be found at: www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au