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Getting people moving in the water

6 February 2020

The Fraser Coast Regional Council aims to get residents moving in the water.

Council is using a $10,000 Move It AUS Community Swimming Grant, provided by the Australian Government and Swimming Australia, to train 13 instructors to improve access to the Maryborough Aquatic Centre for people with disabilities and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

“Maryborough has almost double the state average of people with a profound or severe disability,” Cr Daniel Sanderson said.

“Having more accredited AustSwim Access and Inclusion Instructors on staff will enable us to offer more one-on-one sessions for people with a disability; and provide more support for schools bringing children with physical, intellectual and educational disabilities to-swim sessions.

“There also has been an increase in the number of mature residents who want to learn to swim so they can engage with great-grandchildren.

“The centre will also be able to offer more aqua-aerobics classes and water-based sessions for people recovering from injury or surgery.”

The Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck said the grants would go directly to community swimming groups in every state and territory.

“These grants are about providing more active opportunities for Australians regardless of things such as ability, background, age or location,” Minister Colbeck said.

“It’s about getting Australians active, but also about building inclusivity, social cohesion and stronger communities.

“Swimming is such an important activity to Australia culturally, and these community grants reflect the diversity of our nation.

“Programs will be run from the remote region of Coolgardie in Western Australia through to the Little Heroes Swim Academy in the heart of Sydney.”

Swimming Australia CEO Leigh Russell is delighted the Community Swimming Grants Program would aid many organisations around the country.

“Firstly, I’d like to thank the Australian Government for giving Swimming Australia the opportunity to provide these grants and strategic partnerships to so many swim schools, swimming bodies and community groups who are doing fantastic work in their local areas,” Russell said.

“The more people who have access to swimming lessons and water safety the better – swimming is such a vital life skill, and I know this funding will go a long way in promoting and facilitating these skills to those most at risk in the community.