Sink or swim: LNP floats free swimming lessons in $18m election promise

With summer just around the corner and backyard swimming pools being filled with splashing kids, the LNP has announced an election promise to woo Queensland parents.

Tim Nicholls has vowed to introduce a dedicated $18 million program to provide free swimming lessons for kids aged 1-4, if he wins the November 25 poll.

The Opposition Leader says the Get Swimming Bubs and Toddlers program will provide $150 vouchers to parents who enrolled their kids in swimming lessons with an accredited club.


“Given our climate and the need to cool off in summer, swimming is an important life skill for Queensland children,” Mr Nicholls said in a statement.

“Tragically, child drownings are still occurring in our backyard swimming pools, local waterways and dams,” he added.

It is anticipated that the $150 voucher would provide between eight and 10 lessons.

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and “In 2014 I took a step back from full-time duties to become a stay at home mum and now cover the weekend news and whatever else may be needed from time to time. I keep my ‘presenting voice’ active during the week when reading children’s books and attempting to do various accents (to little success).”

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