Drowning deaths urge project

A COASTAL risk assessment project which has started on Far North Coast will aim to reduce drownings across the state.

Surf Life Saving NSW's Project Blueprint aims to help reduce coastal drowning deaths by assessing every beach and rock platform.

The Richmond Valley and Clarence Valley local government areas will be the next places to be assessed.

Coastal risk officers will assess more than 165km of coastline from Broadwater in the north to Scotts Head in the south. Project manager, Adam Weir, acknowledged the scope of the project was daunting.

But he said the information was "vital" to providing water safety agencies with an effective strategy to reduce the coastal drowning toll.

"Each year, many lives are lost along our coastline, leaving families devastated and communities in shock," Mr Weir said.

Areas already targeted in the first two years of Blueprint include the Tweed, Byron and Ballina areas.

Upcoming information sessions will be held at:

July 27, 10-midday: Treelands Drive Community Centre, Yamba

July 28, 6.30-8pm: Evans Head Surf Life Saving Club

July 31, 6.30-8pm: Grafton Community and Function Centre

Interested members of the public who are unable to attend a consultation forum can engage with the project visit coastsafe.org.au.

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