Staying 'Snowsafe' this snow season
The Member for Monaro John Barilaro is urging snow-goers to stay ‘Snowsafe’ when hitting the ski fields this winter.
As we officially welcome the 2017 snow season at Perisher, Mr Barilaro urged visitors to use their common-sense to prevent accidents and injuries from occurring when visiting the snow.
“Whether it is fitting chains to your tyres before travelling on icy roads, submitting a Trip Intention Form and hiring a Personal Locator Beacon before venturing into the snow, or simply looking out for others on the ski fields, snow enthusiasts must take responsibility for their own safety,” said Mr Barilaro.
“I encourage all snow-goers to get out and make the most of the snow season, but to keep in mind the snow conditions and listen to the advice of the police and SES.”
Nearly half a million visitors are expected to flock to NSW snow resorts between now and the end of the official snow season in October.
Minister for Police and Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant took the opportunity to thank the police officers and SES volunteers who will be deployed to the region to respond to snow-related emergencies.
“Our first responders have undergone rigorous training to prepare for blizzard conditions and search and rescue operations,” said Mr Grant.
“The NSW SES has 40 volunteers who are highly trained to be able to traverse difficult terrain, and also survive in extremely cold conditions when supporting NSW Police in alpine search and rescue missions.”
The official launch of the snow season coincides with NSW Police’s Queen’s Birthday road safety operation, “Operation Stay Alert”.
“People of all ages should be able to enjoy the snow fields, free from alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour. Look out for your mates on the slopes and consider those around you,” Mr Barilaro added.
For more information about Trip Intention Forms and Personal Locator Beacons go to: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/alpine-safety