Remote Northern Territory communities will benefit from improved water safety as part of the Commonwealth’s half a million dollar investment in the Royal Life Saving Society NT.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the Territory has the highest rate of drowning in Australia.
“This funding of $504,300 over two years is about supporting remote communities to be healthy places to live where people can swim and enjoy the water safely,” Minister Scullion said.
“The funding will support the Royal Life Saving Society NT operate water safety programmes in Yuendumu, Maningrida, Gunbalanya, Peppimenarti, Emu Point, Wadeye, Nauiyu Nambiyu, Numbulwar,Wurrumiyanga, Pirlangimpi, Milikapiti, Angurugu, Umbakumba, Lajamanu, Kintore, Areyonga, Santa Teresa, Ngukurr, Borroloola, Robinson River, Yirrkala, Kalkarindji, Elliot, Mutitijulu, Urapunga, and Tennant Creek.
“There will be a number of water safety programmes delivered thanks to this funding including swimming, survival and water safety training for all school aged children in these communities, and a pool lifesaving programme for young people aged 15-24,” Minister Scullion said.
This funding will also see 180 Indigenous people participating in water safety training such as AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and will employ 30 Indigenous staff. CPR, First Aid, Bronze Medallion, and Pool Lifeguard training courses will also be provided.
“Twenty five Indigenous rangers will be trained in First Aid and Basic Water Rescue,” Minister Scullion said.
“The Royal Life Saving Society NT will also establish four swim schools and Learn to Swim enterprises so that the communities can run learn to swim and provide employment for local people.”
Floss Roberts, Executive Director of Royal Life Saving NT, said this year 2,831 children participated in remote swim and survive with 191 Indigenous children achieving the National benchmark for Primary school children in swimming and water safety ability.
”This programme is making a real difference for water safety in remote communities and the children’s participation rates are amazing,” Ms Roberts said.
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