Dubbo's Sandy Beach to host annual Boating Safety Day on Sunday

GETTING READY: An event on Sunday at Sandy Beach aims to raise awareness of safe and responsible boating on NSW waterways. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

GETTING READY: An event on Sunday at Sandy Beach aims to raise awareness of safe and responsible boating on NSW waterways. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS

Roads and Maritime Services has joined with Gone Fishing NSW Day to host this year’s Boating Safety Day at Dubbo’s Sandy Beach on Sunday.

NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is encouraging the community to take part in the free and family-friendly event that seeks to raise awareness of safe and responsible boating.

“Boating education officers and boating safety officers will be on site to provide the community with important safety equipment and life jacket information, advice on safe boating practices, boat licences, registrations and NSW boating regulations,” he said.

“There will be opportunities for one-on-one discussions.”

Other government and non-government marine safety organisations will stage displays and demonstrations. 

“Peak boating season is just around the corner and the focus will continue to be the promotion of safe and responsible boating habits for the almost two million people who go boating in NSW each year,” Mr Grant said.

“In the past decade, nine out of the 10 people who drowned while boating were not wearing a life jacket, which is an alarming statistic that we need to change.”

The event will run from 10am to 3pm.

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