National Aquatic Industry Safety Awards
Excellence in Public Education
City of Canada Bay Council
The City of Canada Bay Council was formed on 1 December 2000, following the amalgamation of the Drummoyne and Concord Councils with a population of 92,382.
The City of Canada Bay strives for its community to be an active and vibrant City that captures the energy, diversity, pride and potential of its community. A place where there are strong community relationships, good social support and healthy residents. People should be able to enjoy a range of cultural and social opportunities, recreation facilities and be actively involved in the life of their City.
The City of Canada Bay Council funded 129 preschool aged children 50% off Swimming lessons across a 20-week program. The program was funded for pre-school aged who hadn’t participated in Swimming and Water Safety Classes at either Cabarita Swimming Centre and Drummoyne Swimming Centre. The program was a huge success with a report submitted to Council for funds to be allocated every year to replicate the program.
What it means
It would be a huge honor for a small local council to be recognized for their contribution amongst Industry Leaders, acknowledging their initiative, social impact and inclusion to secure programs for minorities and low social economic groups for years to come.
Describe how the nominee has provided a contribution to their community / industry in Public Education
In the summer of 2016/2017 NSW saw 21 people drown between Christmas and 8 January 2017. The City of Canada Bay were deeply saddened with the fatalities lost during peak period and were concerned with a clear lack in Water Education. The City of Canada Bay are a community on the bay of Sydney’s Inner West and wanted to ensure that all had access and the opportunity to participate in Water Education. Therefore, the City of Canada Bay chose to Fund $10,000.00 for Swimming Lessons of the most disadvantaged.
Describe (and provide evidence) of improvements and/or achievements made in Public Education over the past 12-18 months
To ensure that all residents within the City of Canada Bay LGA were offered the opportunity to participate in Swimming and Water Safety programs the City of Canada Bay subsidized $10,000 for 129 pre-school aged children who had never participated in Swimming and Water Safety Classes before and may never get the opportunity due to their socio-economic status.
Describe how the nominee has shown commitment to aquatic safety through Public Education
City of Canada Bay has walked the talk, committing funding to help low socio-economic groups learn to swim. Instead of just obrserving the concerning statistics around drowning. The Council has taken action, this is very rare for local government.
The initiative has received huge positive feedback whilst displaying a positive impact to the community and its commitment to educating their community around Swimming and Water Safety Lessons. Due to its success the program is pending approval from Councillors within the City of Canada Bay. A report has been submitted to council.
Describe what barriers have been encountered by the nominee in Public Education and how have they been overcome
Whilst in its first year the funding for Water Education was capped to $10,000.00 only allowing for 129 participants. Unfortunately, there was an overwhelming demand and we were not able to cater for all.