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Lifesavers to bring a little bit of beach to the bush

For the last 19 years, Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) has been taking the Breaka Beach to Bush program across Queensland, spreading surf and water safety messages to regional areas. This year surf lifesavers will be back out on the road from Monday 21 August – Friday 25 August.

Five different tours run simultaneously and are made up of highly skilled and experienced lifesavers who in total will:
• Travel over 7000kms across Queensland
• Visit over 70 schools and;
• Interact with approximately 8,000 students.

SLSQ Community Awareness Manager Helen Hallett explained the longevity of the program is due to its relevance in taking essential knowledge to people who are considered a ‘high risk’ group.

“Children in regional areas haven’t always had a large amount of exposure to the beach – we want to ensure that when they do visit, they are equipped with some basic skills and knowledge that will allow them to have fun and stay safe.”

“The skills and safety lessons will focus on surf conditions, but they can easily be applied to swimming in a large range of water areas, including rivers, dams, creeks, pools or other waterways.”

Students will take part in an interactive presentation learning how to identify the safer places to swim, be aware of and know how to interpret warning signs as well as recognising risks, such as swimming alone or after daylight.

“We understand that in an Aussie summer people just want to swim! We want to help educate as many children as possible, that no matter where they go swimming, there are ways they can do it safely and with confidence. By following our advice, they will avoid putting themselves in dangerous situations.”

Full lists of all tours, locations and schools that will benefit from the Breaka Beach to Bush program are listed below.

Tour One will;
• Travel over 1600kms including Karumba, Croydon, Forsayth and Malanda.
• Visit 9 schools and;
• Interact with over 800 students.

Monday 21 August

Kurumba State School
Gulf Christian College Normanton

Tuesday 22 August

Croydon State School
Georgetown State School

Wednesday 23 August

Forsayth State School
Thursday 24 August

Mount Garnet State School
Ravenshoe State School

Fridays 25 August

Malanda State School
Butchers Creek State School

Tour two will;
• Travel over 550kms incorporating Silkwood, Mission Beach, Feluga, Tully, Kennedy and Ingham.
• Visit 17 schools and;
• Interact with over 1700 students.

Monday 21 August

El Arish State School
St Johns School Silkwood
Mission Beach State School

Tuesday 22 August

Feluga State School
St Clare’s School Tully
Lower Tully State School

Wednesday 23 August

Murray River State School
Kennedy State School
Macknade State School
Our Lady of the Lourdes Primary School

Thursday 24 August

Halifax State School
Forrest Beach State School

Fridays 25 August

St Peter’s Catholic School
Ingham State School
Trebonne State School
Toobanna State School

Tour three will;
• Travel over 1600kms including Rolleston, Kingaroy, Nanago and Blackbutt.

• Visit 16 schools and;
• Interact with approximately 2100 students.

Monday 21 August

Bymount East State School
Injune State School
Rolleston State School

Tuesday 22 August

Bauhinia State School
Baralba State School

Wednesday 23 August

Taroom State School
Wandoan State School

Thursday 24 August

St Mary’s College
St John’s Lutheran
Taabinga State School

Fridays 25 August

Coolabunia State School
Nanango State School
Yarraman State School
Benarkin Stat School

Tour four will;
• Travel over 2700kms incorporating Blackall, Longreach, Jundah and Quilpie.
• Visit 7 schools and;
• Interact with approximately 420 students.

Monday 22nd August

Blackall State School
Barcaldine State School

Tuesday 23rd August

Ilfracombe State School
Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School

Wednesday 24th August

Stonehenge State School
Jundah State School

Thursday 25th August

Windorah State School
Quilpie State College

Friday 26th August

St Finbarr’s School

Tour five will;
• Travel over 800kms incorporating Aratula, Yangan, Warwick, Balladean and Texas.
• Visit 16 schools and;
• Interact with approximately 1800 students.

Monday 22nd August

Boonah State School
Kalbar State School

Tuesday 23rd August

Aratula State School
Freestone State School
Yangan State School

Wednesday 24th August

Dalveen State School
Severlea State School
Glen Alpin State School
Ballandean State School

Thursday 25th August

Wallangarra State School
Texas State School
Inglewood State School

Friday 26th August

Brookestead State School
Pittsworth State School
Southbrook Central State School

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