The Queensland Government is partnering with one of Australia’s most trusted organisations, Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ), to reach tens of thousands of water users with shark safety messages.
Agriculture Industry Development and Fisheries Minister and Rural Communities Minister Mark Furner said the Palaszczuk government would sponsor the SLSQ for a year to help spread the safety message.
“The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport (DTIS) and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) are investing a total of £90 $000 to help make SharkSmart messaging as familiar as SLSQ’s iconic red and yellow. flags,” Furner said.
“This sponsorship will strengthen swimmer safety education by integrating DAF’s SharkSmart education messages into SLSQ’s community engagement initiatives.
“This exemplifies the government’s ongoing commitment to always put human life and safety first.
“It also reinforces the long-standing relationship the shark control program has had for decades with Surf Life Saving Queensland, which helps view and report problems with nets and drums, check for marine animal entanglements and conducting the SharkSmart drone trial.”
SLSQ chief executive, rescue and community, Peta Lawlor, said the sponsorship provided opportunities for the SLSQ to spread Fisheries Queensland’s Do your part messages. Be SharkSmart campaign to new audiences.
“This sponsorship creates the ability to reach 42,500 people through our Beach Safe community booklets; 60,000 elementary, high school and university students through our community programs; 10,000 pliers thanks to our pliers programme; and 10,000 active lifeguards through our membership programs,” said Lawlor.
“The initiatives the sponsorship will support include creating an interactive online activity for students and educating active lifeguards, who have a key role in engaging with the beach community, on SharkSmart key messages .
“SLSQ is proud to support the Fisheries Queensland SharkSmart Education Program’s commitment to extending SharkSmart messaging to water users.”
Mr Furner urged Queenslanders to heed the safety messages to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.
“We need everyone to do their part whenever they are on or in the water, whether swimming, surfing, diving, snorkeling, fishing or boating,” he said. .
“Being SharkSmart means being responsible for your safety and the safety of others in the water, and we’ve recommended people follow SharkSmart’s advice, including swimming at supervised beaches and at beaches equipped with splash-screening equipment. sharks.”
Do your part and be SharkSmart:
– Swim between the flags on the supervised beaches and check the signage.
– Have a buddy and look out for each other.
– Avoid swimming at dawn or dusk.
– Reduce risks, avoid schools of fishing bait or diving birds.
– Keep fish waste and food scraps out of water where people bathe.
– Swim in clear water away from anglers.