Eight drowning deaths but no blackspot survey

By LACHLAN THOMPSONTHE Eurobodalla Shire will not be included in the initial stages of a NSW Surf Lifesaving survey of drowning blackspots, despite having recorded eight deaths in the past 12 months.The project aims to identify the localised factors which contribute to drowning deaths and is being undertaken by a special state-funded taskforce.Taskforce project manager Adam Weir said that while it would be great to include the Eurobodalla, in its first year the project would assess only the 10 most dangerous areas in NSW.Despite eight fatalities in the past 12 months, the Eurobodalla did not make the top 10 because the spots were chosen using the average number of fatalities over the past seven years.“It’s a four-year project but the sheer size means it takes time,” Mr Weir said.However he did say they hoped to assess the shire at some stage in the next four years.Among other things, theproject creates signage warning of recurring dangers.Far South Coast Lifesaving director Andrew Edmunds called for such signage at Moruya North Head earlier this year after two drownings in the spring.He said the Batemans Bay/ Moruya area not being included in the survey was “a bit strange” but recognised the enormity of the task at hand.“Any improvements we can make to reduce fatalities would be a good thing,” he said.Police and Emergency Services Minister Michael Gallacher says the NSW Government is committed to putting in place strategies to reduce accidental drowning deaths.“We need to identify the factors which are contributing to people drowning and put in place measures to reduce these risks,” he said.“This important project will hopefully provide us with a working blueprint for a state-wide coastal drowning prevention strategy.”A spokesperson from his office said the fact that the Eurobodalla would not be assessed for at least a year did not indicate the project was underfunded. “It’s obviously a mammoth project and I don’t know if it would be possible to assess the entire coastline in a year no matter how much money was thrown at it,” she said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训学校.