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Kids play it safe in Wivenhoe water

ON THE WATER: Mt Tarampa students checked out the Surf Life Saving Queensland rescue chopper with pilot George Levett, during the annual Seqwater Play it Safe day on Wivenhoe Dam on Wednesday, December 3.
ON THE WATER: Mt Tarampa students checked out the Surf Life Saving Queensland rescue chopper with pilot George Levett, during the annual Seqwater Play it Safe day on Wivenhoe Dam on Wednesday, December 3. Tom Threadingham

STUDENTS from across the Lockyer Valley and Somerset regions made a splash at Wivenhoe Dam last week.

More than 500 kids from eight different primary schools dipped into the waters at Logan's Inlet at Wivenhoe Dam for the annual Play it Safe day hosted by Seqwater. The day had a range of activities on offer including canoeing, swimming and fishing.

A special water rescue demonstration from the Surf Life Saving Qld rescue chopper also provided entertainment for onlookers.Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle was on hand to officially launch the day, alongside triple Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer and Seqwater's Play it Safe campaign ambassador Jodie Henry.

"I came on board because we used to come out here a fair bit when I was little and my mum and dad used to water ski," Henry said.

"We were quite familiar with the waterways and what you should and shouldn't be doing.

"Water safety is very important, especially considering there are a lot of kids from around the area here, so they will be using these waterways and they need to know how to use them and look out for each other.

"Looking out for each other is a good message for kids anyway, it doesn't matter whether or not they are around water."

Topics:  seqwater, water safety, wivenhoe dam


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