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Free BeachSAFE program for City’s multicultural youth

Published Tuesday, 19th January 2016

The City of Wanneroo is partnering with Surf Life Saving WA to deliver a free, fun interactive land and water based beach safety education program for the City’s multicultural youth.

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The Multicultural BeachSAFE program covers wave types, rip currents, sea creatures and the role of lifesavers and is free for multicultural youth aged between four and 17 who live in the City.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said it is important to provide our youth with the necessary water safety skills to avoid a tragedy. 

“Our coastline is a beautiful place to enjoy but the dangers of the ocean must be understood and respected,” Mayor Roberts said.

“A large proportion of our residents are culturally and linguistically diverse with 40 per cent of the community born overseas and 15 per cent born in countries where English is not the first language.

“The City has a partnership with Surf Life Saving WA to review coastal aquatic risk, safety signage and educate the community and this work is necessary given our rapidly growing City and development along the coast.  I urge multicultural youth to participate in this important free education program.” 
Coastal drowning statistics show 12 people lost their lives along the Western Australian coast between May 2014 and April 2015.

When:
• 9am to 2pm // Thursday 21 January (from Butler Community Centre)
• 9am to 2pm // Friday 22 January (from Hainsworth Community Centre)

A free bus leaves from the community centres to Alkimos Beach and returns there.  Lunch is provided free.
To book:  www.workplacelifesavers.com.au  Click on Book into a course and select City of Wanneroo – BeachSAFE Day.

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