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Juniors set to make a splash
Dickson Lifeguards Satomi Honda, 20, Olivia Columb, 22, Jack Matthews, 25, and Charlotte Packard, 22 hope
to encourage more juniors to the role.
Photo: Jamila Toderas
There s no golden sand, no eager
nippers nor the hiss of snags cooking
at a post carnival barbecue but the
capital has a robust lifesaving culture
which Royal Life Saving ACT are
hoping to boost by launching a Junior
Lifeguard Club this year.
Royal Life Saving ACT executive
director Cherry O Connor said the
new program would offer an aquatic
alternative for those who love water
and a chance to be challenged doing
something beyond swimming lessons.
"The idea would be that between
9-14 years they can get involved in
lifesaving as a sport but also get a good
introduction to the industry and
pathways into accredited training," Ms
O Connor said.
It s envisaged that school
communities can adopt the program as
a follow on from Swim & Survive and
each ACT Pool facility will establish a
club where qualified lifeguards mentor
Ms O Conner said the new initiative
would counter the drop-off rate across
the ACT for swim school students
aged between 8-10 years old.
"Rather than dropping out of swim
school completely there will be
something different for them to pursue
so we don t lose them from aquatics,"
It s hoped the program will lift
water safety skill levels across the
"The skill levels in the ACT are not
where we want them to be, she said.
"The national benchmark is Swim
and Survive level four so we should be
seeing children in all states and
territories able to swim 50 meters by
the time they leave primary school and
that is just not happening," she said.
"In the ACT kids on average are
capable of 25 metres or less."
Qualified Lifeguards at Dickson
Aquatic Centre are hard at work
practicing for the 2016 ACT Lifeguard
Challenge on February 12 where
teams of four from pools across the
territory go head to head in the sport of
lifesaving. Olivia Columb, 22, is an
Australian Champion for line
The former squad swimmer became
a lifeguard while teaching swimming
and said water safety was a practical
skill and keeping young people safe
meant testing their assumptions.
"Towing the 70kg mannequin, Bob,
or seeing how far they can throw a
rope or aid makes people realise it is
out of your depth to save someone
unless you train," she said.
"Not everyone needs to be a
lifeguard but getting kids into these
courses early means they know what to
do and it raises the bar by increasing
awareness across the community."
This will be an exciting year for all
Belconnen residents, with the 50th
anniversary of its founding in June.
The Belconnen Community Council
and other community organisations
have joined together under the
Belco50 banner to promote events
related to this throughout 2016.
Community organisations or school
or local groups planning an event in
2016 should contact the Belco50 team
at the Facebook page Belco50.
The draft Kippax Master Plan was
presented to West Belconnen residents
at the last council public meeting of
2015. The consultation period closes
on February 5. Residents can comment
on the plans at haveyoursay.planning.
While work on Capital Metro stage
one is scheduled to begin in 2016,
the Minister for Planning released
a Light Rail Network Plan for public
comment. The council made a
submission asking that stage two
be built along the proposed Civic-
Belconnen Town Centre-Kippax route.
The full submission can be found at
The council will have its first 2016
public meeting in February. A new
chair and a vacant committee position
are required to be filled in early 2016.
The committee encourages any
Belconnen resident with a genuine
interest in community consultation to
consider nominating. Those interested
in joining the committee should see
Damien Haas, acting chairman
Drivers warned of delays, lower speed limit as resurfacing begins
The ACT government has warned
motorists to expect delays on
Benjamin Way this week as road
resurfacing takes place.
Work will be carried out between
9am and 6pm each day this week
between Emu Bank and Cohen Street
The work will involve removing the
pavement to a depth of about 50
millimetres, laying new asphalt and
replacing line markings. Traffic along
Benjamin Way will be reduced to one
lane while the work is under way and
the speed limit will be reduced to 40
kilometres. Traffic controllers will be
on site to assist motorists.
Short-term parking along Benjamin
Way will not be permitted while the
work is being undertaken to allow
traffic to use the space. Alternative
parking is available nearby. It is not
anticipated that work will be
undertaken on the weekend of January
16 and 17.
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