A statewide risk assessment of NSW beaches will look at known drowning black spots on the Coffs Coast.
A statewide risk assessment of NSW beaches will look at known drowning black spots on the Coffs Coast. FILE

Saving lives on our local beaches

A RISK assessment will be carried out on North Coast beaches identifying the worst spots for drownings.

The state-wide coastal public safety risk assessment project by Surf Life Saving NSW aims to reduce coastal drowning deaths by assessing every beach and rock platform in NSW over the next few years.

The first phase of Project Blue Print began last week in the Tweed and will target priority black spots in 10 local government areas, including Coffs Harbour, the Central Coast and Sydney.  

Risk assessors will be gathering data at 223 beaches and headlands over the coming months.

"Each year, many lives are lost along our coastline, leaving families devastated and communities in shock," Project Blue Print project manager Adam Weir said.

"Our goal is to reduce drowning deaths by 50% within the next decade," he said.

Final assessment reports will be handed to the NSW Government, relevant agencies and land managers creating a working 'Blue Print' for a state-wide coastal drowning prevention strategy.

For more information on Project Blueprint and to find out how to be part of the consultation process go to:  www.coastsafe.org.au/blueprint.



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