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Free learn to swim classes proposed

Posted 30 January 2012 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Steve McMahon is supporting a plan to offer seven free 30 minute swimming lessons at Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre to 300 ratepayers in the Hurstville local government area.

Mayor McMahon said the initiative, proposed by Deputy Mayor, Cr Con Hindi, will be discussed at the Council meeting on 1 February 2012.

“Water safety awareness is of critical importance to people of all ages,” he said.

“Sadly, drowning is one of the major causes of death for NSW children under the age of five, many in backyard swimming pools.

“As Australian summer’s are based around sunshine and swimming, it is essential for both children and adults to be confident in and around water.

“I urge my fellow Councillors to support this initiative which has the potential to save lives in the future.”

Deputy Mayor Hindi said his proposal aimed to provide incentive to parents to enrol their children in swimming lessons if they had not already done so.

“In this day and age, people are so busy working that they often do not have time to take their children to these vital lessons,” he said.

“Alternatively, it can also be cost prohibitive for many families.

“I am pleased that Council will consider my proposal to try and encourage people to stop delaying and sign up for classes.

“Learning how to swim is a great way to ensure the safety of your loved ones.

“So whether you’re eight months old or 80 years old, you’re never too young or too old to learn this vital life skill.”

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