100 Narromine kids learn to swim thanks to Inland Rail - 29 January 2019

29 January, 2019

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.

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

“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

Image 1 - Volunteer instructors (L-R) Lil, Kayla, Shelly and Brittney teaching the kids

Image 2 - One of the youngest members of the Learn to Swim team Taylarah receiving
her certificate from ARTC’s Danka Jankovic

Image 3 - Volunteer instructors Cait and Chloe with Zaharnah and Creaden

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