Funding available for NSW water safety initiatives


By Alice Richard
Monday, 17 July, 2017


Funding is available for water safety organisations, community groups and research bodies to help prevent drowning deaths throughout NSW. The Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program is open for applications until 4 August 2017.

“Tragically, last summer 41 people drowned in NSW. Where there is water there is danger and we need to get the message across to reverse the spike,” said Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant.

“This funding will help educate and better equip those heading into water at beaches, pools and inland waterways. We do not want another Christmas and New Year period like the last one, where 17 lives were lost.

“Priority will be given to initiatives that target high-risk groups and locations that have been identified in research by Royal Life Saving.”

This includes projects that focus on:

  • encouraging active parental supervision of children around water;
  • changing the risk-taking behaviour of men;
  • highlighting the dangers of swimming at unpatrolled locations; and
  • educating Aboriginal communities, CALD communities and international visitors.

Information about the Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program can be found at www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au/Pages/water-safety-fund/Water-Safety-Fund.aspx.

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