Media Release

Date: Phone: (03) 5772 0333 Fax: (03) 5772 2291 5 November 2010 Emily Caleo 04/02/11 & 48/05/23 10 November 2010 Contact Person: File Ref: For Release:

Shire Supports Wriggly Fish Aquatic Program
Murrindindi Shire Council is again supporting an aquatic program for infants and toddlers aged 6 months to 4 years old. The program is called the Wriggly Fish Aquatic Program and will run for 8 weeks from early January 2011 and be taught by local qualified instructors. Most children love to play in water. It keeps them cool in the summer months and provides heaps of fun. Unfortunately, children under five years of age are the most vulnerable to drowning. 59% of children aged 0-17 who drowned last year were under 5 years of age. Murrindindi Shire Council’s Community and Customer Services portfolio spokesman Cr Cris Ruhr said that swimming is a wonderful life skill. “Statistics from Royal Lifesaving Australia show that childhood is the best time to provide the skills and knowledge needed to have a safe lifelong association with water. It is essential that basic drills and skills are learnt at a young age,” Cr Ruhr said. “Not only do swimming lessons introduce children to water and build their confidence around water, it is also an opportunity for parents to interact and bond with their child. “But please remember that regardless of your infant's or toddler's level of comfort and competence in or around water, constant close supervision by an adult is the best way to prevent drowning and near-drowning.” If you would like to enroll your child/ren in the Wriggly Fish program please collect an enrolment form from the Alexandra or Yea Council offices. For further information please contact Emily Caleo (03) 5772 0397 or Kim Pammer (03) 5772 0374 at the Murrindindi Shire Council.

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