Boating enthusiasts can upgrade their old lifejackets this weekend as the popular Transport for NSW ‘Old 4 New’ lifejacket initiative comes to town.

The new promotional vehicle will be at Wilsons River Boat Ramp in Victoria Street this Friday 17 January between 6am and 9am.

Thomas George, Nationals Member for Lismore, said the lifejacket van will be showcasing a range of new generation slimline lifejackets.

“The aim of the ‘Old 4 New’ lifejacket upgrade initiative is to increase awareness of new generation lifejackets that can be worn in comfort all day,” Mr George said.

“It will also give people the opportunity to exchange their old lifejackets and get a discount off new ones.

“By visiting popular boat locations around the state, we’ll be directly reaching to the boating community,” Mr George said.

“Experienced staff will chat with the boating community about the lifejacket upgrade offer and advise boaters on what type of lifejacket might suit them.

“Lifejackets, like a lot of other products have improved and evolved over time,” Mr George said.

“If you compare the old big and bulky lifejackets with our modern day slimline products, you’ll see how much they’ve advanced and how comfortable they are to wear all day during any type of on-water activity,” Mr George said.

“New generation lifejackets are slim fitting, stylish, affordable and come in a variety of colours and styles to suit any individual preference or boating activity.”

Mr George said the program was designed to promote wearing a lifejacket, particularly in small boats.

“Over the past decade, nine out of 10 people who drowned while boating weren’t wearing a lifejacket,” Mr George said.

“Getting out on the water is fun, but accidents can and do happen, especially in smaller craft which are less stable and more susceptible to capsize and swamping than larger vessels.

"Lifejackets must be worn in craft under 4.8m at night, offshore, on alpine waters or when alone; and by anyone under the age of 12 years,” Mr George said.

"People need to make putting on a lifejacket a habit, a bit like putting on sunscreen, because one day it might just save your life.

“Like any piece of safety equipment, lifejackets require maintenance and servicing. One of the benefits of the new generation inflatable lifejackets offered under the lifejacket upgrade program is that those jackets can be self-serviced,” Mr George said.

For further information on the lifejacket promotional vehicle, visit

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
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Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.