Mount Whitestone State School students Jacksin Grolimund and Nate Wakley, with Beach to Bush surf life savers, and the Westpac helicopter. PHOTO: ALI KUCHEL
Mount Whitestone State School students Jacksin Grolimund and Nate Wakley, with Beach to Bush surf life savers, and the Westpac helicopter. PHOTO: ALI KUCHEL

Why Lockyer school kids were visited by rescue chopper

A WESTPAC rescue helicopter isn’t what you’d expect to see flying across Mount Whitestone on a Tuesday morning – almost 200km from its base station.

It landed on Mount Whitestone State School’s oval, where surf lifesavers and rescue operators were greeted by the small school cohort.

Today, Surf Life Saving Queensland kicked off its Beach to Bush campaign – first stop – Mount Whitestone.

Principal Leticia De Mey said rural kids often missed out on beach experiences, simply because they lived too far away.

“With the holidays coming up and the warmer weather, it’s great timing for the program,” Mrs De Mey said.

“Families aren’t travelling as far as they normally would because of COVID, so the beach is probably a prime location for visiting these holidays.”

Tanja, who attended with her two children, takes her kids to do little lifesavers during the holidays.

While it’s a fun opportunity for the kids, it’s a chance for them to learn skills for the future.

“It’s an absorption technique, they might not go out straight away and do what they’ve been taught, but as they get older, and when they do first aid training, all this learning will come back,” she said.

“We’ve got freshwater creeks and dams here, but the more they know about water safety, the better it is for everyone’s peace of mind.”

Beach to Bush has been running at regional and rural Queensland schools since 1998, with other states adopting the program in 2003.

Last year, surf life savers spread important surf safety messages to more than 65 schools and 12,000 students in just one week.


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