Old4New lifejacket in time for Father’s Day

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The Old4New lifejacket program allows for old or damaged lifejackets to be exchanged for a voucher to use at a retail outlet when buying a new lifejacket.

HILLARYS boat harbour is the next stop for the Department of Transport’s successful Old4New lifejacket upgrade program – just in time for Father’s Day.

The department’s safety education manager Laurie Adams said a lifejacket was the perfect Father’s Day gift for a dad who enjoyed boating or the growing number of on water activities requiring a lifejacket.

“Delivered in conjunction with the Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia, Old4New allows old, damaged, obsolete or foam filled lifejackets to be exchanged for a voucher for use at a local retail outlet when purchasing a new lifejacket,” he said.

“It is a hugely successful program and this year has seen about 1000 unsafe lifejackets taken off boats in WA.”

Voucher limits and restrictions are in place to ensure the benefits of the program apply to as many vessels as possible so people who want to participate should check the guidelines at www.transport.wa.gov.au/lifejackets

The Old4New initiative spearheads a state-wide education campaign promoting the benefits of wearing lifejackets at all times while boating.

Mr Adams said the program aimed to change people’s behaviour and improve the safety of people who enjoy boating in WA.

Skippers can participate in the Old4New program at Hillarys boat harbour boat ramp on Sunday, August 27 from 9am to 11am.