Issued: 23 February 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:
More information on the Water Safety Fund Community Grants can be found at: www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au