Kick off a safer boating season at Lake Mulwala this weekend

23 September 2014

The local community is invited to head down to the Lake Mulwala Ski Club on the Murray River this Sunday 28 September for a day of fun and free activities which aim to promote safe boating.

Member for Albury, Greg Aplin said Roads and Maritime Services, together with Transport for NSW, will host the annual Boating Safety Day with safe boating activities including competitions with prizes and demonstrations of key boating equipment to take place between 10am and 2pm.

“Boating Safety Day effectively kicks off the new boating season and aims to get boaters and future boaters into the right safety habits,” Mr Aplin said.

“Roads and Maritime boating safety officers and boating education officers will be on hand to answer questions, give interactive lifejacket and fire extinguisher demonstrations and educate the public about essential boating safety equipment. “Local residents are invited to come down and take part in safe boating competitions with a chance to win prizes, grab free educational giveaways and enjoy a sausage sizzle.

There will be information displays from a range of water safety partners highlighting current products and technology related to staying safe on the water.

“A key objective this year is to break down the perception that all lifejackets are big, bulky and uncomfortable. We’ll be showcasing modern, functional, slim designed lifejackets that can be worn in comfort for the duration of a typical day out in a boat,” Mr Aplin said.

"We’re heading into peak boating season and our focus will continue to be the promotion of safe and responsible boating habits to the almost two million people who engage in waterway activity in NSW each year.

“Our single most important message is people must wear a lifejacket when boating.”

Other organised events will be held at the same time around NSW to mark Boating Safety Day at Batemans Bay, Evans Head, Lake Macquarie and Pittwater.

Boating Safety Day is also the final event of Water Safety Week which started with the raising of the flags by Surf Life Saving NSW last weekend.
Water safety partners at the local events include DPI Fisheries, Marine Rescue NSW, Police Marine Area Command, Marine Teachers Association, BIA, Surf Life Saving NSW, Paddle NSW and Sailability NSW.

Media Contact: Greg Aplin 6021 3042 or 0428 600 343

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