Kevin Humphries


Thursday, 20 December 2018

Children in Barwon will now have access to swimming lessons and better rescue resources thanks to funding from the NSW Government’s Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program.

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries encouraged parents to involve their children in the program and enhance their basic water safety skills while enjoying the warmer weather.

Kevin Humphries said this program will support pools in regional and remote areas, – including in Lightning Ridge, Walgett, Bourke, Baradine and Coonabarabran equipping children with the tools needed to be water smart this summer.

“It’s not just about swimming lessons – the children will also learn basic rescue and survival skills so it’ll give them a well-rounded experience to keep them safe this summer.

“While there’s often a focus on our coastline – we know that inland waterways can be just as treacherous so it’s important to deliver these lessons at a young age.”

Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said the Royal Life Saving Society had received a quarter of a million dollars from the NSW Government to deliver the ‘Swim and Survive’ course to almost 60 pools across the State.

“I’m so proud of the support we’ve been able to provide Royal Life Saving so they can work with locally trained swimming instructors to deliver life-saving lessons for kids,” Mr Grant said.

Royal Life Saving Society NSW CEO Michael Ilinsky said the ‘Swim and Survive’ program would target thousands of children aged between 6-14 years to help them stay safe in the water.

“I thank the NSW Government for throwing their weight behind this important initiative, and I’ve no doubt it will help save lives, now and into the future,” Mr Ilinsky said.

The program will focus on pools in Western NSW, with a number of Northern and Southern NSW communities also benefiting from the program. Visit for more information.

The Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program prioritises initiatives that target high-risk groups and locations, identified in research undertaken by Royal Life Saving Society Australia.

For more information on the grant application process or the NSW Be Water Safe. Not Sorry water safety campaign, visit:

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