Monaro community groups encouraged to apply for Water Safety Fund Community Grants

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Monaro community groups encouraged to apply for Water Safety Fund Community Grants

Thursday, 06 July 2017

Applications are now open for organisations in the Monaro to improve water safety in the community and help prevent drownings throughout NSW, Member for Monaro John Barilaro announced today.

“Whether kayaking on a lake or river, out on a boat or taking a dip in the backyard swimming pool, it’s important to recognise that where there’s water, there’s danger,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The Monaro is home to many pools and various types of waterways, and we should all get out and enjoy them safely. I commend the NSW Government for playing their part and placing a large focus on water safety and education.

“With 41 deaths occurring from drownings across NSW last summer, we need to ensure we don’t experience another horror summer season.

“I urge local community-based organisations that run water safety initiatives to apply for funding so that they can be better supported while helping to educate our communities.”

The Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program will prioritise initiatives that target high-risk groups and locations, identified in research undertaken by Royal Life Saving Society Australia for the government.

This includes projects that focus on:
• encouraging parents to actively supervise their 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

Grants range from $25,000 to $250,000, and collaborative projects between water safety and community organisations will be given precedence.

Mr Barilaro said each drowning death in the community is one too many.

“Let’s work together to make the 2017-18 summer season a safe one.”
Applications for the Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program close on 4 August 2017.

For information on how to apply, visit:

The Summer Drowning Report 16/17 by Royal Life Saving is also available at: