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Road Safety Newsletter
december 2016
Issue 24

In this issue...

The Road Safety Network Gets its Road Ribbon on!
Individuals, communities and organisations are getting creative for the 2016 Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign.
Many have erected displays and hosted events since the campaign commenced on Sunday, 20 November. So far, more than 39,000 ribbons have been distributed through the 56 local events and displays.

Pictured above: Images from the 2017 Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign.

Goldfields-Esperance region embraces 2016 campaign

Councils, organisations and agencies in the Goldfields-Esperance region have embraced the 2016 Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign.
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder RoadWise Committee, together with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder hosted a successful launch of the campaign on Sunday 20 November at the Boulder Markets.
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder RoadWise Committee also incorporated Road Ribbon for Road Safety® into a stall at the recent Seniors Expo and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s Lighting of the Christmas Tree event.
To find out more about the 2016 Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign, visit or contact your closest Road Safety Advisor by visiting
Remembering Road Traffic Victims in Gosnells
The Gosnells RoadWise Advisory Group held their annual, World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims event, at Thornlie Christian College last month.
Each year the City of Gosnells RoadWise Advisory Group provide the opportunity for a local school to host an event to remember victims of road trauma and learn more about road safety.

This year Thornlie Christian College provided the venue and students heard presentations from a range of speakers. These included Principal Bill Innes; City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle; Rob Coales, a former police officer, who related his experience of attending serious and fatal crashes and having to inform family members; and Sharon Knapp who spoke about her story as a mother of a young man who was seriously injured in a crash.

Photo caption (left to right): Thornlie Christian College Principal Bill Innes and guest speakers Sharon Knapp and Rob Coales with City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle, the Road Safety Commission Roger Farley with Thornlie Christian College students.
For more information about road safety at the City of Gosnells, visit
Farewell Gavan Hayllar
WALGA's RoadWise will farewell Road Safety Advisor (South West) Gavan Hayllar this month.
Gavan joined RoadWise in March 2011 and will leave the team prior to the Christmas break. We wish Gavan all the best for his new adventures.

The Road Safety Advisor position will be advertised in the new year.
Please contact Terri-Anne Pettet, Manager RoadWise Program on 9213 2011 to find out more about recruitment for the Road Safety Advisor position.
Have You Seen the 'Slow Down, Enjoy the Ride' Video?
Have you seen the Esperance RoadWise Committee’s ‘Slow Down, Enjoy the Ride’ harvest road safety video?
The video, which received funding through the Government of Western Australia’s Road Safety Community Grants Program was developed and produced locally, features local people and uses the “Slow Down, Enjoy the Ride” poem written last year (2015) by Shire of Esperance President Cr Victoria Brown and Esperance RoadWise Committee member, Tiffany Brown.

With more than 245,000 views on the Esperance RoadWise Facebook page already, the video is a great reminder for all road users currently involved with harvest to slow down and enjoy the ride.

Although the video (and the poem) focus on harvest, which impacts several regions in WA, the overall ‘Slow Down, Enjoy the Ride’ message is relevant to all road users as we work towards achieving safe speeds on our roads.

Pictured above: A screen shot from the Esperance “Slow Down, Enjoy the Ride” video.
To view the video, visit the Esperance RoadWise Facebook page or visit
Tim’s Ride Promotes the ‘Share the Roads’ Message
The Town of Cottesloe supported the annual Tim’s Ride cycling event held on Saturday 12th November.
The event is in memory of Tim Anderson who was killed while training for the charity Ride for Youth in 2012.

Town of Cottesloe Councillor Sally Pyvis said it was tragic that over a six-year period from 2010 to 2015, 28 cyclists had been killed on WA roads.

More than 300 riders participated in the event which aims to promote cycling safety by encouraging cyclists to be visible and motorists to share the roads with cyclists.

Pictured above: Keep these tips in mind and share the road safely.
For more information about the ‘share the roads’ campaign and safe cycling in general visit
Planning for Road Safety in Onslow
Road safety stakeholders in Onslow met during November to develop strategies to improve road safety outcomes for Onslow residents and visitors.
With continued growth in the coastal Pilbara town, road safety stakeholders including WA Police, Chevron, Onslow School and WALGA RoadWise are working on a 2017 action plan to address local road safety issues.

Strategies being considered include a bike safety project, school based road safety programs and a general road safety awareness campaign.

These actions will build on existing local road safety activities including the implementation of the Please Slow Down Consider Our Kids bin stickers project, distribution of I slow down in Onslow bumper stickers, management of the Local Area Targeted Enforcement signs and delivery of child car restraint presentations.

Pictured above: The Local Area Targeted Enforcement sign located on Onslow Road.
To find out more about road safety activities happening in your community, visit
Carnarvon Seniors Talk Road Safety
Carnarvon RoadWise Committee members recently joined forces with the Carnarvon Senior Citizens Group to workshop local road safety issues and obtain valuable input for the Committee’s planning process.
During Seniors Week around 35 members of the Carnarvon Senior Citizens Group participated in a road safety workshop to learn more about safe road use, travelling and trip planning, motorised scooters, road rules, managing risks and health issues.

Carnarvon RoadWise Committee member Gwenda Kempton, a Regional Transport Officer with the Department of Transport, informed the group about changes to licensing and distributed some useful resources.

The second half of the workshop provided an opportunity for participants to discuss local road safety issues and provide suggestions for solutions.

Outcomes from the workshop were considered by the Carnarvon RoadWise Committee as part of the development of the Committee’s 2017 Action Plan.

The Committee will continue to work with Carnarvon seniors and other groups to improve road safety for Carnarvon residents and visitors.
For more information about road safety in Carnarvon, visit
Rio Tinto Taking the Lead
It may only be small in the scheme of things, but the Rio Tinto operations in Broome are taking the lead by ensuring its staff and patrons get the road safety message.
Belt Up: You’re worth holding onto signs will be placed at Rio’s four remote training workshops in communities on the Dampier Peninsula and also at its town office in Broome.

The Broome RoadWise Committee, as part of its Broome Road Safety Enhancement Project, donated the signs to local agencies and businesses – to be placed in prominent places in order to remind staff and patrons to always belt up.

Other agencies to be included in the project include the Commonwealth Bank, Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC), Shire of Broome and Broome Police.

Funding for round one of the project was made possible through the Shire of Broome Community Grant Program.

The non-use of restraints is particularly problematic in the Kimberley region. Seat belts were not worn in 31 per cent of killed and serious injury (KSI) crashes from 2004-2013 in the Kimberley.

Pictured above: Broome RoadWise Chair Cr Warren Fryer hands over the "Belt Up" signage to Rio Tinto’s Jo-Anne Shiosaki, a Specialist Employment and Community Relations team member in Broome.
Find out more about road safety statistics for the Kimberley region by visiting
A Road Safety Trio for the City of Greater Geraldton
The City of Greater Geraldton (CGG) RoadWise Committee combined Road Ribbon for Road Safety®, Blessing of the Roads and the launch of a refurbished road safety display trailer into one major local road safety event held on Monday, 28 November.
The City of Greater Geraldton is taking a stand against road deaths and serious injuries resulting from crashes in the region. Last year, 17 people died in road crashes in the Midwest/Gascoyne region and close to 100 people were seriously injured.

Chairperson of the Geraldton RoadWise Committee, Mid West Industry Road Safety Alliance and Councillor Bob Hall said road safety was everyone’s responsibility and the launch of the new RoadWise Road Safety Trailer at the start of this year’s Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign would make it easier to get the message into the community.

Refurbishment of the road safety display trailer was made possible thanks to WA Police, the Government of Western Australia's Road Safety Community Grants Program, Department of Social Services, RAC, City of Greater Geraldton and  in-kind contributions from Westruck Commercial Refinishing.

Pictured above (top to bottom): Cr Robert Hall, Fr Michael Morrissey, Superintendent Craig Collins, Ian Blayney MLA and Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia cutting the ribbon to launch the CGG RoadWise refurbished road safety display trailer; Members of the community join the WA Police, St John’s Ambulance and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services for the launch.
The trailer, which contains displays and information on road safety is available free of charge to community groups and organisations across the Mid West Region. Contact Samantha Adams RoadWise Road Safety Advisor on 9956 6955 for more details.
Drink and Drug Driving Education for Workplace Employees
The Water Corporation's Balcatta office held a workplace road safety event for one week in October as part of the 2016 National Safe Work Month (supported by Safe Work Australia).
Road safety banners were displayed in the office to provide information about driver distraction and wearing a seat belt. In addition, a crash trailer was displayed outside the building to raise awareness of road safety.

Several workplace teams took part in drink and drug driving road safety activities such as picking up items or walking whilst wearing fatal vision goggles that demonstrate the effects of drinking alcohol.

Adrian Dilorito (pictured below) said it was amazing how hard it was to first see and then to try and pick up something or move around with the goggles on.

Staff also tried their hand at estimating what a standard drink looks like for certain alcohol beverages.

The event took place during the same week that the Western Australia Government introduced the Alcohol Interlock Scheme aimed at reducing the road safety risk of alcohol-impaired driving.

Pictured above: Adrian Dilorito tries to measure a standard drink as part of the Water Corporation's workplace road safety event.
For information about the Alcohol Interlock Scheme visit
Schools’ Seat Belt Project Winds Up
More than 500 students have now completed the Kimberley Regional Schools’ Design Your Own Seat Belt Project.
The project goal was to engage communities throughout the region in a vehicle restraint awareness and education program.

Each school was provided with a pack including the necessary educational resources to complete the project. Funding for the project was provided through a Government of Western Australia's Road Safety Community Grant.

School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA) and RoadWise jointly supported the project which is likely to continue in 2017.

Pictured above (top to bottom): Halls Creek District High School students were very creative in their learning and seat belt designs; Students from Birlirr Ngawiyiwu Catholic School (Ringer Soak) near Halls Creek proudly display their handy work.
Find out more about restraints statistics for the Kimberley region by visiting
Government of Western Australia’s Road Safety Community Grants Program - new grant recipients
Western Australian communities from Derby to Rockingham will share in more than $60,000 for road safety initiatives thanks to the Government's Road Trauma Trust Account.
Successful organisations receiving funds in the round of submissions are:
Project name Amount
Mount Tarcoola Primary School - We're All
Going on Walk to School Day
Strathalbyn Christian College - Strath Commuters Care: A Little Care Can Make Accidents Rare $1,000
Lions Club of Stirling Inc - Australia Day Breakfast $1,000
Shire of Wyalkatchem - Wyalkatchem Fair & Circus $1,000
Woman's Christian Temperance Union -
Road to Bethlehem
York Community Resource Centre Inc -
2016 York Act-Belong-Commit Soundfest
Porongurup Promotions Association Inc. - Porongurup Wine Festival $1,300
City of Rockingham - City of Rockingham RoadWise Crash Trailer $7,000
Shire of Northampton - Kalbarri RoadWise
2017 One Year Action Plan
Shire of Halls Creek - Halls Creek
Safe Speed Project
Shire of Derby-West Kimberley - Horns and Hooves on the Highway $8,125
School Drug Education and Road Aware - Wongan Hills District High School and
Shire of Wongan-Ballidu Street Banners
Total $60,191
Visit to find out how your organisation or community group can apply for funding for your next road safety event or project.
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