BHP Billiton, a global leader in the resources industry, is Royal Life Saving Society WA’s Principal Community Partner for its range of community health programs which aim to help reduce drowning, near drowning and associated injury in Western Australia.
The partnership reflects the importance BHP Billiton places on safety in the workplace, public places and private spaces. Through BHP Billiton’s partnership, RLSSWA is able to educate on safety around water through a number of campaigns and programs targeted at all generations. BHP Billiton’s support of community health programs particularly focuses on the Pilbara and Goldfields regions where the Company operates and includes a commitment to assisting Indigenous communities.
RLSSWA has been a long standing community partner of BHP Billiton’s, with its current partnership commitment continuing through to 2012. Sponsorship funding towards the RLSSWA programs are supported by BHP Billiton’s Iron Ore and Nickel West assets in Western Australia.
BHP Billiton supports seven of RLSSWA’s community health programs. They are:
The aim of the Swim and Survive program is to increase swimming and lifesaving skills for all Australians. BHP Billiton assists with the delivery of this program throughout the state, including regional and remote communities.
Keep Watch aims to increase awareness of toddler drowning prevention issues amongst parents in and around the home. BHP Billiton support assists with the delivery of water safety messages to parents in regional areas of Western Australia.
Watch Around Water is an education and awareness raising campaign run that addresses the issue of parental supervision of young children while at public aquatic facilities. Funds provided by BHP Billiton enables the development of new promotional and educational resources and assists with travel to regional and remote areas for training.
Don’t Drink and Drown looks to increase awareness amongst young adults of the risks and dangers associated with consuming alcohol in and around the water. BHP Billiton funds allow the program messages to be promoted throughout the state at a range of youth and community events.
The Remote Aboriginal Swimming Pools Project aims to reduce drowning deaths, increase physical activity, reduce health related issues and promote community cohesion in selected Aboriginal communities through the provision of appropriately managed swimming pool facilities. BHP Billiton contributes to ensuring that water safety programs are provided to the Burringurrah and Jigalong community within the Pilbara region.
The Infant Aquatics program develops water familiarisation skills for the child, while building water confidence and social bonding between the parent and child. BHP Billiton assists with the delivery of this program throughout the state and provides certificates and other promotional material to swim schools and instructors.
The Indigenous Traineeship program offers Indigenous youth from the Wiluna, Leonora, Kalgoorlie, Newman and Port Hedland communities aquatic based traineeships providing them with the necessary skills to assist the pool manager of their local aquatic facility in the day-to-day management of the pool.