Water safety campaigns needs funds

DAM safety campaigners are calling for help after federal funding has all but dried up.

Royal Life Saving Society Australia and Farmsafe currently have no government funding for water safety campaigns.

Despite about 50% of Queensland child drowning occurring in water bodies rather than pools Farmsafe has been unable to get money since its last campaign ended in three years ago.

The Royal Life Saving Society Australia is relying on community donations after being unsuccessful in accessing funding from the federal government.

Within just one week last month, three toddlers drowned on Queensland farms.

A two-year old boy died in a cattle dip at an Eidsvold property, a two-year-old girl drowned in a dam near Rosewood west of Brisbane and a 22-month-old drowned in a dam on the Sunshine Coast.

Spokespersons for the organisations have said a wide-spread campaign is needed to get the message to farming families.

Farmsafe has encouraged farmers to fence their house paddocks to reduce the risk of children wandering off into dangerous situations.

For information on farm safety, visit www.farmsafe.org.au or telephone 02 6752 8218.



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