NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is spreading the message of water safety throughout her electorate.

A passionate swimmer and former competitor, Ms Cooke said it was important to be safe in and around water.

“This is the perfect time of year for kids to enjoy splashing around, whether it’s at a family trip to a beach or river, or just a nice afternoon at the local pool,” Ms Cooke said. “But while there’s always plenty of fun to be had, we want to make sure that everybody goes home safely, and that’s why the Nationals in Government are working with the Royal Life Saving Society to create the ‘Swim and Survive’ program.”

The NSW Government has given $250,000 to the Royal Life Saving Society to deliver water safety lessons for children aged six to 14 so that they have the knowledge to be water smart not only this summer, but for life.

“Lachlan and Thomas Corbett had some fun with me at Young and the Swim and Survive program would give them the skills to ensure their enjoyment of water is a lifelong pleasure,” Ms Cooke added.

Ms Cooke also visited Cootamundra Swimming and Lifesaving Club at their first club swim for 2019.

“Swimming has always been one of my passions, and it was so exciting to see so many enthusiastic young faces who clearly share that passion,” Ms Cooke said. “It’s a sport and pastime which brings so many physical, social and wellbeing benefits, and it’s great fun to attend club nights like these.”

For more information on the Be Water Safe, Not Sorry water safety campaign, click here.