Project Blueprint Visits Warringah

A state-wide coastal public safety risk assessment project begins this week in Warringah with the aim of reducing coastal drownings across NSW.

Under the authority and funding support of the NSW Government (Ministry of Police and Emergency Services) through the Water Safety Black Spot Fund, Surf Life Saving New South Wales is undertaking a significant state-wide drowning prevention project, known as Project Blueprint.

The project will use industry leading systems and processes to assess every accessible coastal beach and rock platform in New South Wales. The outcomes will include evidence based drowning prevention treatment options to stakeholders and government, both at a local, regional and state level.

This project is being delivered by Australian CoastSafe, as the leading coastal public safety risk management authority in Australia. Australian Coastsafe is the strategic and intelligence beach safety unit of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA).

This project includes the Warringah Local Government Area (LGA) and coastal risk officers will be assessing the coastline from Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October.

Coastal Risk Manager Adam Weir, says while the scope of the project is daunting, the information is vital to providing water safety agencies with an effective strategy to reduce the coastal drowning toll.

“Each year, many lives are lost along our coastline, leaving families devastated and communities in shock. Our goal is to reduce drowning deaths by 50 percent within the next decade,” explained Mr Weir.

More than 350 people have drowned in NSW since 2004 – 38 of them along the coastline of Northern Sydney. 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.

Consultation with local land managers, emergency services, lifeguards, surf life saving clubs, specific stakeholder groups and the general public is fundamental to the success of this project.

We would welcome your involvement in one or more of the following capacities:

Attend the public forum:

Location: Function Room, Collaroy Surf Life Saving Club, Pittwater Road

Date: Tuesday 8 October, 2013
(Please RSVP to Luke Stigter by Friday 4 October)

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Completion of the online survey:

Drowning Preventation Warringah

Written correspondence to the CoastSafe team:

Attn: Luke Stigter,
Coastal Risk Officer, SLSNSW
OR email Luke Stigter

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In the coming months the Manly LGA will also be assessed. This assessment is currently scheduled for November with a further public forum to be held specific to this location.

Tue 24 Sep 2013