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Sharks not the only threat to water safety

While shark attacks take up much of the headlines, most water fatalities are accidental drownings, which the NSW Government is taking decisive action to prevent, according to Clarence Nationals MP, Chris Gulaptis.

“On average, two people drown every week in NSW, mostly off our beaches,” Mr Gulatpis said.

“Every one of these tragedies is avoidable and that is why community grants are now being offered for projects to reduce drowning and improve water safety in NSW.”

The Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program provides $4.5 million over three years to not-for-profit and community groups with experience delivering water safety initiatives. 

“I want us to get at least our fair share so we can protect locals and tourists alike at our great beaches like Yamba, Iluka and Evans Head,” Mr Gulaptis said.

Grants from $50,000 to $250,000 are available for projects starting in 2017, such as targeted education campaigns, signage and safety aids, and research.

To apply or for more information, go to: www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au.

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