Funding For Water Safety Black Spots To Reduce Drownings

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott today announced over $750,000 in funding to Royal Life Saving NSW while visiting the Aquatic Safety Training Academy in Seven Hills as part of the NSW Government’s  $2 million Water Safety Black Spots Fund.

“Funding water safety organisations to undertake projects such as those underway at the Aquatic Safety Training Academy reflects the NSW Government’s commitment to reduce drowning deaths,” Mr Elliott said.

“These organisations play a vital role in educating the community when it comes to
water safety.”

David Mcallister, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Life Saving NSW, said the funding will go towards its learn to swim and survive program targeting adults from Asian and African communities.

“The money will also help us continue our campaign to raise awareness amongst young people about the risks associated with swimming when under the influence of alcohol,” Mr Mcallister said.

The NSW Government has committed $12 million over four years to the Water Safety Black Spots Fund to reduce the rate of drowning deaths across NSW.

Detail on all Water Safety Black Spots Fund projects for 2014-15 is available at www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au.