SUMMER WATER SAFETY WARNING

Water Safety

SUMMER WATER SAFETY WARNING

24 December 2002

Member for Lismore, Thomas George urged all local residents and tourists 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 in past years 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,"

"Many drownings are preventable, which makes them even more tragic for the families involved. Parents should ensure their backyard pools are safe for use by young swimmers, and that there is adult supervision whenever children are in the pool. Pool gates need special attention," said Mr George.

"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.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577