100 Narromine kids learn to swim thanks to Inland Rail

It’s safety first for 100 Narromine kids who have learnt to swim over the summer thanks to a $6,500 donation from the Inland Rail programme.

Swimming lessons for children.

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has come on board to help the Narromine Local Aboriginal Land Council (NLALC) provide a vital children’s swimming safety program at the Narromine Pool. Local kids who participated in the sessions learnt swimming skills and water safety to improve their awareness and confidence in the water.

Inland Rail NSW Stakeholder Engagement Manager Helena Orel said ARTC, which is delivering the Inland Rail project on behalf of the Australian Government, welcomed the opportunity to help local kids.

“Safety is at the core of what we do at ARTC and it makes sense for us to support the safety of young people in Narromine through the Narromine Local Aboriginal Land Council,” Ms Orel said.

“Inland Rail will have a positive legacy in this region and programmes like this is just another way that the community will see the benefits of the programme.

“Our contribution not only assisted with resources for the NLALC Learn to Swim program, but we are also pleased that all the kids in the course have been issued family season passes so they can continue to practice their skills now that the program is completed.”

NLALC Chief Executive Officer Shelly Bayliss said their organisation is thankful for the support of ARTC.

“Narromine is a small community that relies on industry and stakeholder groups to support activities that help strengthen community involvement and in this case provide essential programs focussed on the safety of our children,” Ms Bayliss said.

“Their contributions make crucial programs like this happen and make these opportunities affordable for our community members. Without the support from ARTC this program simply would not have happened.

“It has been wonderful seeing the families practicing and playing together, utilising the family passes to be involved in a fun family activity.

“NLALC junior members have volunteered to ensure the delivery of the program ran smoothly.”

For more information on Inland Rail visit www.inlandrail.com.au, email us on inlandrailnsw@artc.com.au or phone 1800 732 761.

Media contact: ARTC media team 1300 196 401

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