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Wednesday, 15 October 2008
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Mr Farmer asked the Minister for Sport, in writing, on 28 August 2008:

(1)   In respect of the $12.2 million for Saving Lives in Water announced in the 2008 Budget: (a) what are the names of the organisations that will receive funding; (b) how much will each organisation receive; and (c) how and when will all of these projects be evaluated.

(2)   In respect of the “Remote Pools” program under the Department of Health and Ageing: (a) has the Northern Territory branch of the Royal Life Saving Society Australia (RLSSA) previously received funding under this program; if so, how much; and (b) will this branch of the RLSSA receive funding for the “Remote Pools” program in 2008-09.


Ms Kate Ellis (Minister for Youth and Minister for Sport) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)  

(a)   The ‘Saving Lives in Water’ measure announced in the 2008 Budget has two separate elements aimed at reducing injuries and deaths from drowning in Australia. The first element is a commitment of $8.0 million over four years which aims to provide support for a range of national projects and priority initiatives identified in the new Australian Water Safety Strategy 2008-11. Funding allocations under this element have not yet been determined. The second element is a commitment of $4.2 million over four years to support initiatives that aim to reduce drowning injuries and deaths in the 0 to 4 years age group including the “Kids Alive” initiative. Contract negotiations are currently underway with Laurie Lawrence Enterprises to implement this measure.

(b)   No funding commitments have been determined under this measure to date.

(c)   The Department of Health and Ageing (the department) will determine appropriate evaluation strategies in the administration of funding commitments made under this measure.

(2)  

(a)   The Remote Indigenous Pools Project is an initiative of the National Office of the Royal Life Saving Society Australia (RLSSA). The Project supports indigenous communities in achieving self-sustaining, self managed and well-resourced aquatic facilities in a number of remote locations including the Northern Territory. The department has previously provided funding for this initiative directly to the National Office of RLSSA.

(b)   The RLSSA receives funding for its projects from a variety of sources, including the Commonwealth Government. Decisions about allocation of funds to particular projects are a matter for the RLSSA.