Hon Mia Davies MLA

Hon Mia Davies MLA

Former Minister for Water; Sport and Recreation; Forestry

    Pool funding splashes for safety and training

    18/01/2017 12:00 PM
     
    • $176,272 for pool safety-related projects and training
    • Helps 100 regional lifeguards requalify, purchase 95 training mannequins, audit eight regional pools to achieve Waterwise status and 10 scholarships to regional females to undertake pool operations training
    • Community Pool Revitalisation Program funding totals $3.1 million

    Pool goers across Western Australia will benefit from funding for safety and training through the Community Pool Revitalisation Program.

     

    Speaking in Merredin today, Sport and Recreation Minster Mia Davies said $176,272 would go to Leisure Institute of Western Australia Aquatics initiatives.   

     

    "This funding will be used for safety and pool use training as well as testing pool equipment around WA," Ms Davies said.

     

    "For example, this money gives provision to offer financial assistance to 100 pool lifeguards to requalify in regional WA and the purchase of 95 lifesaving mannequins for in-house and community training."

     

    The funding will also cover:

    • Eight audits of regional pools to achieve Waterwise specification
    • 10 scholarships to regional female industry participants to undertake pool operations training.

    The Minister said safe and well-maintained facilities were important to encourage greater participation in sport and active recreation.

     

    "A community pool should never be underestimated in its ability, not only to teach people about water safety and be a fun place to swim, but to also act as a hub for local community life," she said.

     

    "Especially in regional Western Australia, pools often form the social centre of many towns and communities."

     

    Late last year, 91 pools and four water playgrounds received $2,923,728 in funding through the Community Pool Revitalisation Program.

     

    Eligible regional local governments can apply for up to $32,000 towards pool upgrades, maintenance, equipment, staff development or a reduction of pool entry costs. The money can also be put towards a capital project. 

     

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    Minister's office - 6552 5500

     

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