Free community day in Windang to focus on boating safety

22 September 2015

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast, and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward is encouraging local residents from across the region who are interested in learning more about safe boating in the local area to visit Fern Street Boat Ramp at Windang this Sunday 27th September to attend a free family friendly event.

Mr Ward said that Roads and Maritime Services would host Boating Safety Day (BSD) to promote safe and responsible boating.

“There will be the opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with key on-water and support staff who are experts in boating safety,” he said.

“Other government and non-government marine safety organisations, industry and community groups will also attend with displays, information and equipment demonstrations.

“The community is encouraged to attend any time between 9am and 1pm with boating safety equipment talks, demonstrations of marine flares, fire extinguishers, correct lifejacket wear and maintenance and a sausage sizzle.

“A key component of the education displays will be to break down the perception that all lifejackets are big, bulky and uncomfortable by showcasing modern, functional, slim designed lifejackets that can be worn in comfort for the duration of a typical day out in a boat,” Mr Ward 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 go boating in NSW each year.

“In the past decade, nine out of the 10 people who drowned while boating, were not wearing a lifejacket, which is alarming.

“Lifejackets can save lives when they are worn. New generation lifejackets will be on display and there will be demonstrations of their use, service and maintenance at the boating community day,” Mr Ward concluded.

There will be also prizes on offer including a family pack of lifejackets and a waterproof VHF marine radio.

The water safety partners at the local events include DPI Fisheries, Marine Rescue NSW, Police Marine Area Command, Westpac Rescue helicopter and Surf Life Saving NSW.

For more information on boating safety, please visit the Boating Safety Day page.

MEDIA: Gareth Ward 0401 499 933 or Ben Blackburn 0423 466 358

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