Coalition’s practical plan to reduce drownings

Helping local surf life saving clubs buy much needed equipment such as rescue apparatus, first aid and medical supplies is a key feature of the Coalition’s $15 million policy to help reduce drownings says Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino.

“We love going to the beach and it is part of the reason why we enjoy our lifestyle on the coast so much but unfortunately it is not without risks,” Mrs Marino said.

“Our plan to help reduce drownings will provide local surf life saving clubs with grants of about $25,000 over five years to assist them with purchasing much needed equipment and first aid supplies.

“Typical clubs spend several thousands of dollars a year on medical supplies like lotions, band-aids and bandages, so these grants will help surf clubs make ends meet.

“Year after year our local volunteers on the beach save lives and I hope this helps in their efforts.”

The election promise also sets out a plan to work with the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia to identify ways of improving water safety on our inland waterways.

This includes targeting alcohol consumption, the safe use of watercraft as well as providing practical training on things like water safety and CPR.

“Sadly five people every week lose their lives to drownings across Australia – whether on our beaches, waterways and rivers and in pools and bathtubs – which is why we must invest in prevention,” Mrs Marino said.

As part of its policy, a Coalition government will fund the work of the Royal Life Saving Society and AUSTSWIM.

The Coalition will also provide $2 million to expand the successful Beach Drowning Black Spot Reduction program.