Territory Families will benefit from a new initiative aimed at increasing water safety for young children.
County Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said the initiative was aimed at children under five and teaching them about water safety.
Senator Scullion said the new early childhood programme consists of songs, videos and books which communicate the water safety message in a fun and engaging format for youngsters.
“Child care centres, kindergartens, play groups and water safety organisations in the Northern Territory have or will receive the educational packs,” Senator Scullion said.
“More than 80,000 are being distributed nationally and they are available online at www.kidsalive.com.au.
“The programme has been developed by water safety campaigner and former Olympic swimming coach Laurie Lawrence and builds on his highly successful Living with Water DVD.
“It teaches our children how to be safe at the beach, around pools, rivers and dams which is crucial to keep our kids safe this summer,” Senator Scullion said.
Senator Scullion said that the 2014 National Drowning Report showed that 20 children aged under five had drowned between July 2013 and June 2014.
“As families and communities we need to work together to reduce the tragedy of drowning. We need to make sure that we are water safe.
The programme for children under five is one component of the Australian Government’s comprehensive approach to water safety.
The Government recently announced a $4 million investment to assist the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s work to prevent drowning in inland waterways.
“I am a Community Keep Watch Ambassador for NT Royal Life Saving and I am pleased the Abbott Government is assisting in reducing drowning deaths across the country, including in the Territory, with funding for a variety of water safety initiatives,” Senator Scullion said.
Other programmes are delivered by AUSTSWIM and Surf Life Saving under a $15 million commitment from the Government to reduce drownings nationwide.
Australia Post is supporting the new children’s programme meaning more children and families will benefit from receiving the educational material.
“I hope that by educating children about water safety they will be able to enjoy themselves in and around water without harm,” Senator Scullion said.
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