Drowning audit rethink

A FAILED bid to have Shoalhaven City Council conduct a review of coastal swimming hazards will be revisited if Cr Andrew Guile succeeds in reintroducing the issue at the next ordinary meeting of council.

At the ordinary meeting last Tuesday,

following suggestions by the Ulladulla Community Forum and NSW Surf Lifesaving, Cr Guile moved that council conduct the review using available data and report back before the start of the 2014-15 holiday period but the motion was defeated.

“I was shocked that councillors would refuse to address such important safety issues, even when they are raised by a community consultative body that is understandably feeling the effects of recent tragedies,” Cr Guile said. 

He said correspondence from South Coast Surf Lifesaving had provided council with an analysis of drowning black spots and suggested strategies to minimise risk in these areas.

“Our council is not required to spend up on this, just to be interested enough to use the information that is both currently and about to be available and match our resources against it,” Cr Guile said.


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