Friday June 9, 2017
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP is urging snow-goers to stay ‘Snowsafe’ when hitting the ski fields this winter.
As we officially welcome the 2017 snow season at Perisher, Tanya Davies urged visitors from Mulgoa to use their common-sense to prevent accidents and injuries from occurring when visiting the snow.
“Whether it is fitting chains to your tyres before travelling on icy roads, submitting a Trip Intention Form and hiring a Personal Locator Beacon before venturing into the snow, or simply looking out for your mates on the ski fields, snow enthusiasts must take responsibility for their own safety”
Nearly half a million visitors are expected to flock to NSW snow resorts between now and the end of the official snow season in October.
“I encourage all snow-goers from Mulgoa to get out and make the most of the snow season, but do be mindful of conditions and listen to the advice of the police and SES” Tanya Davies said.
Minister for Police and Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant took the opportunity to thank the police officers and SES volunteers who will be deployed to the region to respond to snow-related emergencies.
“Our first responders have undergone rigorous training to prepare for blizzard conditions and search and rescue operations.
“The NSW SES has 40 volunteers who are highly trained to be able to traverse difficult terrain, and also survive in extremely cold conditions when supporting NSW Police in alpine search and rescue missions.
“However, we do rely on the public to keep themselves out of harm’s way. When you put your own life in danger, you are also risking the lives of the first responders sent to rescue you” Mr Grant said.
The official launch of the snow season coincides with NSW Police’s Queen’s Birthday road safety operation, “Operation Stay Alert”.
“Expect to see a high visibility police presence across each snow resort and in the surrounding alpine area from this weekend”
“People of all ages should be able to enjoy the snow fields, free from alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour. Look out for your mates on the slopes and consider those around you” Mr Grant added.
For more information about Trip Intention Forms and Personal Locator Beacons go to: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/alpine-safety.