The State Government has provided the Royal Life Saving Society of WA with an important boost heading into the hot summer months, contributing $405,000 in support of their Water Safe WA programs.
- Royal Life Saving receives $405,000 over two years for Water Safe WA initiatives
- Support for important water safety awareness initiatives in the lead up to summer
Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray announced the funding boost — highlighting its focus on reducing the rate of multicultural, Aboriginal and regional drownings; improving children's swimming skills; and creating safer places to swim.
Lotterywest is delivering $245,000 of the allocation, with an emphasis on delivering inclusion programs for Aboriginal, multicultural and regional populations, who experience higher rates of drowning.
The funding will provide equipment, support for volunteer safety trainers in regional and remote communities, and the development of water safety plans and programs to meet local needs.
An additional $160,000 from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries will support initiatives including foundation skills for children, youth leadership and personal development pathways, and creating safer aquatic locations.
Approximately one person drowns every fortnight in Western Australia, and every 4.5 days a person is hospitalised by a near-drowning experience.
People are 3.7 times more likely to drown in regional WA than the Perth metropolitan area, and more than 25 per cent of drownings in WA involve people who were born overseas.