Alkimos Beach Becomes Australia's First BeachSAFE Community
Alkimos Beach, a development between LandCorp and Lendlease and Australia’s first six star community, will now also become Australia’s first Surf Life Saving endorsed BeachSAFE community, following a groundbreaking agreement between Lendlease and Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA).
The three year partnership brings an important SLSWA presence to Alkimos Beach and focuses on saving lives and building community capacity though the state-wide BeachSAFE program – a coastal aquatic safety initiative.
BeachSAFE is based on four key principles of beach safety, being Supervision, Aquatic Education, First Aid and Emergency Preparedness, and will be available at no cost to every member of the Alkimos Beach community.
It is the first time the program has been applied on this scale, and where residents of an entire community will receive access to programs free of charge.
The program will also be available to residents of the wider City of Wanneroo.
BeachSAFE will be delivered at schools, beaches and community spaces at Alkimos Beach with the aim to increase the entire community’s confidence and familiarity with the beach, from toddlers and their parents through to the elderly, as well as building a strong foundation for general life and survival skills, including first aid.
Lendlease’s General Manager of the Communities business in WA, Anthony Rowbottam, said the partnership reflected the company’s commitment to safety in all aspects of its global operations, as well as locally at Alkimos Beach.
“Our unique lifestyle in Western Australia means that water safety is important for everyone, so we are proud to partner with SLSWA to deliver this education and awareness program that will help people develop important life skills, and build awareness and confidence in local residents and our broader community,” said Mr Rowbottam.
“With many of our residents from overseas, providing the opportunity to access water safety education and develop important skills is an invaluable contribution and enables our whole community to safely enjoy the Alkimos Beach coastal lifestyle,” he said.
LandCorp General Manager Metropolitan Luke Willcock said Alkimos Beach is now recognised as a world leading community, and innovative initiatives such as the partnership with SLSWA demonstrated LandCorp and Lendlease’s ongoing commitment to deliver a progressive, sustainable, liveable community.
SLSWA President Craig Smith-Gander said the BeachSAFE suite of programs was developed to equip West Australians with the necessary skills and knowledge to recreate safely on our coastline, and in doing so reduce the number of drowning deaths.
“BeachSAFE encompasses all of our community programs, courses and services - from SurfBabies and SurfKids right through to accredited Senior First Aid - and aims to change the way West Australians think about coastal safety,” Mr Smith-Gander said.
“So to have a partner like Lendlease supporting a whole-of-community initiative like this is fantastic.”
The partnership builds on the City of Wanneroo and SLSWA BeachSAFE pilot program delivered in Wanneroo during the 2014/15 summer in response to critical incidents at local beaches.
City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said she was delighted that the program was now being offered to residents of Alkimos Beach, as well as the wider City of Wanneroo community.
“Every resident in the City will have the opportunity to benefit from access to valuable BeachSAFE water safety training and awareness initiatives,” Mayor Roberts said.
BeachSAFE school based programs commenced at Alkimos Beach in February at St James’ Anglican School, with all students taking part in beach awareness courses in the classroom and senior students completing surf survival programs.