Additional Regional Funding Announced
- Written by Tony Head
- Category: News
- Created: 19 January 2017
LIWA Aquatics members and regional communities will benefit from funding for safety and training through the Community Pool Revitalisation Program. Speaking in Merredin on Wednesday, Sport and Recreation Minster Mia Davies said $176,272 would go tothe Leisure Institute of Western Australia Aquatics for a range of initiatives. "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 full scholarships to regional female industry participants to undertake pool operations training
- 30 Funded Pool Operations Training Course positions for regional participants
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.
Minister Davies was also on hand to present a Long Service Order Award to long standing Royal Life Saving Trainer Judy Jefferys for her contribution the community over 22 years
Minister Davies and Judy Jefferys