Project Blueprint Treks South

A state-wide coastal public safety risk assessment project heads to Eurobodalla on the NSW Far South Coast next week as part of four-year research study to reduce coastal drownings.

Surf Life Saving NSW’s Project Blueprint aims to help reduce coastal drowning deaths by assessing every beach and rock platform in NSW.

More than 350 people have drowned along the coast of NSW in the last decade, and while the incidents have been varied the vast majority are people caught in rip currents while swimming, or swept from rocks while fishing and almost all occur at unpatrolled locations or outside patrol hours.

Since 2004 there have been 15 coastal drownings within the Eurobodalla Local Government Area, while the State Emergency Response system has logged 133 major incidents in the last 7 years.

During their visit to Eurobodalla, Surf Life Saving NSW Coastal Risk Officers will assess 140 kilometres of coastline extending from Durras Beach in the north through to Wallaga at its most southern point.

As the project heads to its conclusion, this visit completes the risk assessment study in the Far South Coast with over 300 kilometres of picturesque coastline being assessed over the last two years.

Surf Life Saving NSW Coastal Risk Manager Adam Weir said that working with the community of the Far South Coast has been rewarding for the team.

“During our time assessing the coastline we have been welcomed by the local residents who have shared their knowledge and experience with us freely for the benefit of the local community.

“The Eurobodalla coastline is the third largest in New South Wales, so our risk assessors will be kept busy during the study,” Mr Weir said.

“We are calling for members of the public to be part of the project by coming along to one of our community forums or contacting us directly to share their knowledge and experience of the Eurobodalla Coastline.”

The project is being delivered as part of the NSW Government Water Safety Blackspots Program by the SLSNSW Australian CoastSafe Department.

Community Forum Details:

Catalina Country Club, Batemans Bay Monday 16th February 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Broulee Surf Life Saving Club Tuesday 17th February 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Narooma Surf Life Saving Club Tuesday 3rd March 6:30pm - 8:00pm

For further information about the study, please check out the CoastSafe Website

Fri 6 Feb 2015