Albury is spoiled for choice when it comes to places to cool off with inland waterways such as rivers, creeks, lakes, and dams all popular amongst locals over the warmer months. Noreuil Park foreshore on the banks of the Murray River and Lake Hume foreshore are among the most popular places in our region to escape the summer heat.
These environments present a higher risk of drowning due to a variety of factors including changeable conditions, remoteness, lack of supervision and alcohol. Sadly, the Murray River is the number one river drowning blackspot in Australia with over 70 unintentional fatal drownings since 2002.
We're working with Royal Life Saving NSW to develop an Inland Water Safety Strategy (IWSS) that helps our whole community to better manage the risk associated with using the water in our region.
To help us develop a robust strategy we want to better understand the level of knowledge about inland water safety in our community and hear your ideas on how we can better support the community to stay safe.