This Saturday could be one of Canberra’s hottest days on record and as heatwaves grip regions across Australia – your local club is great place to keep cool and safe.
Heatwaves have killed more Australians than any other natural hazard and have caused more deaths since 1890 than bushfires, cyclones, earthquakes, floods and severe storms combined.
Gwyn Rees ClubsACT chief executive said there are 45 clubs across the Territory and most Canberrans would be just a short drive away from their local.
“Clubs are a great place to keep cool and stay safe. As a bonus, they are also a place where a number of activities will be on for all ages, in the lead up to Christmas.
“With rising costs for electricity, water and rates there are number of Canberrans particularly the elderly, who cannot afford to keep their home cool and may make decisions that put them at risk.
“Hot weather really pushes the limits of those over 70, with young kids just as vulnerable, and this heatwave comes at a time of year when there is already a huge demand on our hospitals and support services.
“So think preventatively, clubs are welcoming inclusive environments with air-conditioning and water on hand. They are a great place to seek respite from the heat, with many open over Christmas.
“If you are hot, don’t stay home. Take heat-related illness seriously, find somewhere cool – your local community club can help you beat the heat.” Mr Rees concluded.
Looking for a cool spot – clubs open on Christmas
**check club websites for more details and trading hours**
For media enquiries please contact:
Gwyn Rees, ClubsACT
0410 902 982