Boating safety day supports start of boating season

30 September 2016

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward has today announced that Roads and Maritime Services has joined with Gone Fishing NSW Day to host the annual Boating Safety Day on Sunday 16th October in Reddall Reserve at Lake Illawarra.

Mr Ward said that everybody is encouraged to attend the free family friendly event to raise awareness of safe and responsible boating on our NSW waterways.

“Boating Education Officers and Boating Safety Officers will be on site to provide the community with important safety equipment and lifejacket information, advice on safe boating practices, boat licences, registrations and NSW boating regulations,” he said.

“There will be opportunities for one-on-one discussions with key on-water and education staff with years of boating safety expertise.

“Roads and Maritime will be supported by other government and non-government marine safety organisations, industry and community groups who’ll each attend with displays, information and demonstrations.

“Everybody is invited to attend between 10am and 3pm on Sunday 16th October to get in on the interactive talks, safety equipment demonstrations and to enter the boating safety competition for their chance to win a great prize filled with essential boating safety equipment,” Mr Ward said.

“Peak boating season is just around the corner and the focus will continue to be the promotion of safe and responsible boating habits for 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 an alarming statistic we need to change.

“Lifejackets can save lives when they are worn. Slim, light 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.

For more information on boating safety, please visit: www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime.

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

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