Teaching respect for the mighty Murray

EDITORIAL: River advice a sound idea

YOUNG immigrants are among those learning about the perils of inland waterways at Murray River safety sessions being conducted by Life Saving Victoria.

The water education follows the drowning last month of Afghani man Abdul Ehsani, who fell victim to the Murray River’s vagaries near Albury’s Noreuil Park.

Life Saving Victoria aquatic education co-ordinator Laura Parkins said the Albury-Wodonga Volunteer Resource Bureau was supporting immigrants aged 12 to 19 to do the course covering first-aid, water safety, bodyboarding, life jacket usage and rescue techniques.

In addition to the immigrants, students from Yackandandah, Dederang, Wodonga, Kiewa Valley and Tallangatta schools were undertaking the sessions at Noreuil Park yesterday and today.

Yackandandah Primary School year 5-6 teacher Earle Mason said his students were aware of Mr Ehsani’s drowning and receptive to learning about the dangers of waterways.

He said most of the students visited rivers over summer or swam at the Allans Flat waterhole.

“The parents, who I’ve spoken to, are excited their kids have the opportunity to take part and know what to do,” Mr Mason said.

Life Saving Victoria will host workshops for schools at Yarrawonga tomorrow, Porepunkah on Thursday and Wangaratta on Friday.

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