House debates

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Statements by Members

NT Water Safety Week, Veterans' Health Week

1:51 pm

Photo of Luke GoslingLuke Gosling (Solomon, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

This weekend marks the beginning of NT Water Safety Week. The National drowning report, released by Royal Life Saving, has Tasmania and the Northern Territory with the highest rates of drowning in the country. During NT Water Safety Week I encourage everyone to think about how water safe they are. The week in Darwin will begin with Splashfest at the Darwin waterfront, a great family event that helps parents to teach their kids about water. Also, there will be Aquafest in Palmerston on the following Saturday. I want to thank the member for Kingsford Smith for visiting Darwin and holding a swimming and water safety forum there not that long ago. As a father of young kids, I know how important it is that our kids learn to swim and are safe around the water.

Next week is also Veterans' Health Week. I want to give a shout-out to the work the Department of Veterans' Affairs is doing with ex-service organisations. This year, the theme of the week is nutrition and healthy eating. Everyone in this place is well aware of what can happen when you don't eat well. It's not good for your body or for your mind. I encourage veterans to get along to some of the great events such as the Thai cooking class that is being held in Darwin next week.