Summer Water Safety Warning


21 December 2001

Member for Lismore, Thomas George urged all local residents and tourist visiting the North Coast area to take care when they or their family members go swimming this summer.

"The festive season is a time when many families enjoy our fabulous North Coast waterways. Regrettably this period can be marred by tragedies if we are not careful," Mr George said.

"The number of people that drowned last year in NSW waterways is cause for great caution."

"Sadly, some deaths could be avoided by greater awareness of swimming related dangers. It is up to everyone in the community to spread the message about water safety,"

"When swimming off our beaches, in our rivers and waterways, always check the water conditions before entering the water, and try to swim where you can be seen by others.

"If we follow some basic rules, swimming will be a lot safer. For instance, when down in the surf, swim between the flags and follow the directions of lifesavers and lifeguards. Preferably avoid swimming at unpatrolled beaches and exercise great care in dams and rivers," Mr George stated.

"I urge all parents and carers to ensure they keep watch over youngsters. Drowning is the biggest accidental killer of children under five years old.

"This summer, we need to work together to make sure drowning doesn't claim one of your loved ones," concluded Mr George.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.