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Media release

5 children are lined up in a public swimming pool.

The pool entry pilot program will enable eligible children and young people to access their local swimming pool with a free seasonal pass in the Shires of Carnarvon, Exmouth, Coorow, Morawa, Merredin, Moora, Northam, Narrogin, Quairading, Gnowangerup, Katanning, Jerramungup, Kojonup, and Plantagenet, as well as the City of Albany.

Fifteen local government authorities across 4 regions will participate in the pilot project, ensuring every eligible child or young person will have access to a pool near them to cool off for free.

Eligibility for the vouchers is aligned with the KidSport Voucher Program, which was expanded by the State Government in August 2023 to include children in care, asylum seekers, and refugees.

The pilot will benefit up to 500 eligible children and young people, provide further cost-of-living relief, and enable the State Government to consider the outcomes of the pilot for a potential State-wide rollout in the future.

The pool entry pilot will be administered by the participating eligible local government authority, with the support of DLGSC and, like the KidSport Voucher Program, is open to eligible 5 to18 year-olds.

Peter Leaversuch, CEO of Royal Life Saving Society Western Australia, says the State Government’s regional pool pilot program is both needed and welcomed.

“Swimming pools are central to community wellbeing, particularly in regional WA as they are often the only place to keep cool over summer.

“Free pool entry will mean children get the opportunity to be physically active on a regular basis and to safely explore the water under the watchful eye of a lifeguard. They can learn to swim and join in fun sports such as water polo, diving or artistic swimming and could even learn to be a lifesaver!

“Meanwhile parents of young children will learn the importance of supervision and staying within arm’s reach.

“We’re pleased the program is consistent with the Australian Water Safety Strategy 2030, making a difference for regional children who are overrepresented in drowning statistics.” 

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Page reviewed 27 February 2023