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The Victorian Blue Ocean Safety Skills Centre (VBOSS) Petition is live!

By June 30, 2022 No Comments
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The Apollo Bay Surf Lifesaving Club has lodged a petition with the Victorian Parliament for the development of a dedicated ocean safety awareness centre that focuses on cutting the State’s rising toll of deaths by drowning via educating Victorian secondary school students and community groups in vital ocean safety skills.

The Victorian Blue Ocean Safety Skills Centre (VBOSS) to be based in Apollo Bay midway along the Great Ocean Road, the busiest ocean tourism corridor in Australia, will be Victoria’s first dedicated ocean safety and awareness centre, training more than 3000 Victorian secondary school students a year as well as community groups. It is a community driven initiative actively supported by Life Saving Victoria, Great Ocean Road Health, Colac Otway Shire Council, all sides of politics, and the State’s multi-cultural communities.

A record number of people drowned in Victoria last year and historically, we know people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds are five times more likely to drown, making up a third of drowning fatalities in Victoria each year. VBOSS will be a platform for people from all of Victoria’s diverse multicultural communities to take part in ocean safety and awareness training programs.

The development of VBOSS will include the redevelopment of the Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club and the construction of multipurpose group accommodation at Apollo Bay P-12 College.

VBOSS will create more than 70 jobs and contribute more than $35 million to regional Victoria during its construction and development. After the initial capital investment of $15.4 million, across both sites, VBOSSS will be self-sustaining in terms of revenue. Importantly, the state-of -the-art facilities will also be capable of being utilised as a refuge in the event of a fire or natural disaster in the Great Ocean Road region.

With the upcoming election in November, let’s put the pressure on and give this our best shot.- government supports the project, but now it’s time for them to fund it. The petition closes on Friday 26 August 2022 and is open to Victorian residents of ALL AGES so please get your kids, neighbours, friends involved and ask them to sign. Paper petitions will be available at various business locations in Apollo Bay and the office of Richard Riordan MP in Colac. Remember to only sign once, either on paper or e-petition. To find out more head to the REDEVELOPMENT & VBOSS tab.

 

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