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Road Safety Newsletter
november 2016
Issue 23

In this issue...

'Horns and Hooves on the Highway' Campaign Wins Regional Safety Award
An initiative of the Kimberley RoadWise Committees has been recognised for its ability and effort to improve road safety in the Kimberley community.
The Horns and Hooves on the Highway campaign launched by Kimberley RoadWise Committees together with Main Roads WA took out the Insurance Commission of Western Australia’s Regional Safety Award on Friday, 28 October.
The award forms part of the WA Regional Achievement and Community Awards, which pay tribute to individuals, communities, businesses and groups who are making a significant contribution to regional and rural areas.
WALGA President, Cr Lynne Craigie congratulated the Kimberley RoadWise Committees and their campaign partners on the achievement.
“This win reinforces the significance of local campaigns in contributing to community safety in the regions,” she said.
“Straying livestock is a major road safety issue and not just in the Kimberley - across the State in 2013 there were 17 serious crashes involving hitting an animal in WA, with one fatality occurring in the Kimberley region[1].
“The Horns and Hooves on the Highway campaign educates road users and raises awareness of the risk of straying cattle,” Cr Craigie said.
Cr Craigie said the success of the campaign was enhanced by the contributions of the community road safety network.
Congratulations is also extended to other Regional Safety Category semi-finalists delivering road safety initiatives including: Katanning RoadWise, Shire of Collie, Shire of Dardanup RoadWise Committee, Toodyay RoadWise Committee and St Mary’s College Broome.

Pictured above: Lana Powell from Main Roads WA and WALGA Road Safety Advisor Greg Hayes accept the Insurance Commission of Western Australia’s Regional Safety Award on behalf of the Kimberley RoadWise Committees at the WA Regional Achievement and Community Awards.

[1] Government of Western Australia, Road Safety Commission, Annual Crash Statistics 2013,, accessed 10 November 2015.
For more information on the winning campaign and other WALGA RoadWise initiatives, visit To find out more about the WA Regional Achievement and Community Awards, or to see images from the award presentation, visit
Welcome Cherie Wallace
The WALGA RoadWise team welcomes Cherie Wallace who joins WALGA as the Road Safety Advisor (Goldfields-Esperance), based in Kalgoorlie whilst Tiffany Brown is on parental leave.
Cherie brings her experience in town planning and community work, along with a strong connection and extensive network of contacts in the Goldfields area.

Cherie was a long-term member of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder planning team and also held the position of Coordinator Statutory Planning. Prior to that, Cherie was involved in setting up the Kambalda Telecentre and a local newspaper. She has also been involved in various community groups and local projects.

Welcome Cherie!

Pictured above: Cherie Wallace joins WALGA RoadWise as the new Road Safety Advisor for the Goldfields-Esperance region.

Cherie commenced work in Kalgoorlie on Monday, 17 October and can be contacted on 0409 881 924 or via email
Road Ribbon for Road Safety®: Encouraging Road Safety and Shared Responsibility
Currently, 63 organisations are participating in the Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign by hosting community events, erecting displays and distributing road ribbons in the lead up to World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims this Sunday, 20 November.
These events and displays aim to encourage shared responsibility, which is a key objective of Towards Zero, WA’s road safety strategy 2008-2020.
By participating in the Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign, Local Governments, RoadWise Committees, the community road safety network and individuals are directly contributing to raising awareness of the importance of road safety.
Get involved by wearing a free road ribbon, emailing the e-Ribbon and spreading the campaign messages to friends, family and colleagues. Pick up your free road ribbon from one of the many local events and displays in your community. Known events / displays are:
  • We Support Safer Roads display (Pingelly Health Centre), 38 Stratford Street, Pingelly, 1 November to 30 November.
  • Road Ribbon for Road Safety display (Three Springs Police Station), 8 November to 7 January 2017.
  • Road Ribbon for Road Safety display (Warnbro Primary School), 21 November to 31 December.
  • Christmas display (Department of Transport - Kalgoorlie), 35 Brookman Street, Kalgoorlie, 1 to 31 December.
  • Carols by Candlelight and Christmas Parade (City of Armadale), Memorial Park, Orchard Avenue, Armadale, 2 December 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
  • Operation Rudolf, Albany (Australia Post), 17 December 3:00pm to 6:00pm.
  • Coolgardie Driver Reviver Christmas Campaign (Coolgardie Driver Reviver), Coolgardie Park, 80km West of Coolgardie, Boorabin Truck Stop, 22 to 24 December 12:00pm to 8:00pm each day.
To find out more about the Road Ribbon for Road Safety® campaign, access an up-to-date list of events and displays or to download resources, visit the RoadWise website;
Remembering Ron Smith
Longstanding Katanning RoadWise Committee member Ron Smith has passed away.
Katanning RoadWise Committee Chair Cr Danny McGrath, Deputy Chair Ken McLeod and members of the Katanning RoadWise Committee send condolences to his family and friends.
Ron was a valued member of the Katanning RoadWise Committee for nearly 10 years. He started on the committee as a representative of the Katanning Seniors Advisory Committee and was a strong advocate for improving road safety for seniors in the Shire through the provision of facilities to improve safety and accessibility such as bus stops, footpaths and parking.
Ron presented on behalf of the Katanning RoadWise Committee at the 2015 Great Southern Road Safety Conference and was by far the event’s most popular presenter. His recent focus was on improving road safety for young and novice drivers; he helped to share this message with students at the Katanning Senior High School Get Up n Go Day.

Pictured above: The Katanning RoadWise Committee remembers Ron Smith for his passion and commitment to road safety.
Ron will be remembered by the committee for his passion for road safety, his commitment to getting things done and his great sense of community.
Child Car Restraint Update
Tips for organising a free child car restraint checking station.
The lead up to the festive season is an opportune time to think about how we can all give a little extra to road safety for people in our community.

Helping families prepare for the Christmas break by ensuring their children are appropriately restrained is important. Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitters are encouraged to consider conducting or being involved in a free child car restraint checking station in the lead up to the Christmas period.
To run a fitting station, the key components to consider are:
  • donating a few hours of your time
  • having an appropriate site to hold the checking station (and written permission to use the site)
  • choosing a time that will be suitable for parents and caregivers in your area
  • the need for $10 million public liability for all Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitters involved
  • safety equipment including hi-visibility vests, witches hats and signage, and
  • promotion of the event in your community including through local media, social media, newsletters, local school promotions and other relevant local organisations.
WALGA RoadWise can assist in the running of a checking station by:
  • helping you connect with other Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitters in your area who may be interested in being involved
  • providing brochures and other items to distribute on the day
  • providing signage if required
  • providing advice on applying for permission to use a site, and
  • advertising of the event on the RoadWise website.

Pictured above: Members of the Onslow Road User Group (ORUG) conducting a child car restraint checking station.
If you would like more information about conducting or being involved in a child car restraint checking station, please contact Road Safety Project Officer (Child Car Restraints), Tammie Deshon via email at
Great Eastern Highway Road Safety Alliance Gaining Momentum
The formation of a Great Eastern Highway Road Safety Alliance for is one step closer, with representatives of key industries, government agencies, the Road Safety Commission and other organisations attending a meeting in Merredin on 21 October.
During the meeting, the process and timings for the establishment and formation of this alliance was outlined, and some draft Terms of Reference were discussed.

There was keen support from those present to work together to reduce road trauma and crashes along Great Eastern Highway, which is a vital link to the Eastern States and Kalgoorlie from Perth.

It was encouraging to see multiple agencies and private industry collaborating to make this road safer for all to use. The road users on Great Eastern Highway range from local drivers, truck drivers in heavy vehicles, drivers involved in seasonal activities, tourists, and more.

The formal establishment of the Alliance is taking shape and it is anticipated that the first meeting will be held within the next month.

Pictured above: Road safety stakeholders attend a meeting in Merredin to establish the Great Eastern Highway Road Safety Alliance.
Find out how you can contribute to improving road safety in the area by contact Road Safety Advisors Cliff Simpson (Wheatbelt North) or Cherie Wallace (Goldfields-Esperance).
First Traffic Lights in Hedland?
The Bloodwood Tree Association recently received Port Hedland’s first 'traffic lights' as part of a set of educational road signs.
The signs will be used as a resource by the driver training team.

As well as providing services for the homeless, unemployed, those affected by drugs and alcohol and people in need, the organisation also runs driver training courses which incorporate the SDERA Keys for Life program.

The new signs will be used to help learner drivers recognise different road signs, what they mean and what action to take.

Pictured above: Some of the road signs being used to assist in driver training and education courses at The Bloodwood Tree Association.
For more information about Bloodwood Tree Association, visit them on Facebook at To see what’s happening in road safety in your community visit
Shark Bay Youth Group Test Their Road Safety Knowledge
Staff from the Shire of Shark Bay recently visited the Shark Bay Youth Group to discuss road safety with group members.
With the end of the school year looming, the meeting was a great opportunity to talk to some of the community’s youth and remind them of some of the ways they can keep themselves safe on the region’s roads.

One of the topics discussed was ways to avoid driving either when tired or if having a drink (or being a passenger of someone who may be tired or affected by alcohol). One way is to stay overnight and to reinforce that message, participants were entered into a draw for a swag.

Group members enjoyed the chance to test their road safety knowledge through the novice driver quiz, with Amity Oakley winning the swag for her efforts.

Pictured above: Shark Bay Shire President Cheryl Cowell presents youth group member Amity Oakley with the swag.
For more information on road safety in the Gascoyne visit
Workplace Road Safety at Orontide
Orontide Group spread road safety messages throughout their workplace during National Work Safe Month in October.
Using a range of activities over the course of a week, Health Safety Environment and Quality Officers provided their workforce with information about road safety issues including actions individuals can take to improve their own safety and the safety of others on the roads.

The Towards Zero display trailer, banners, fatal vision goggles and drink pouring kit were among the WALGA RoadWise resources borrowed to educate workers on the dangers of driver fatigue; distraction; alcohol and drug use; and excessive and inappropriate speed. Information on vehicle safety ratings was also available.

The highlight of the week was a road safety presentation to staff, delivered by WALGA RoadWise Senior Road Safety Consultant, Engel Prendergast which included quizzes designed to test road safety knowledge.

Staff were encouraged to ask questions and share stories and thoughts which generated interesting discussion.

Pictured above: Road safety resources on display at Orontide.
To find out how you can bring road safety to your workplace, visit or contact
WOW! ZAP! POW! Road Safety Super Heroes in Joondalup
The City of Joondalup’s Little Feet Festival returned to the grounds of Edith Cowan University, Joondalup on Sunday, 23 October with a ‘Super Hero’ theme.
Young festival-goers were encouraged to celebrate the positive road safety talents that make them Road Safety Super Heroes by pledging their promise to: buckle my seat belt; not disturb the driver; get out of the car on the path side and; remind my driver to be a Super Hero.

More than 75 Superkids signed up to the promise and told mum and dad “you too can be a Road Safety Super Hero by being a courteous driver and taking control of your own safety on the road in your area”.

Each Superkid entered into a prize draw to become the overall Road Safety Hero and win a Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City voucher. This honour went to Road Safety Super Hero James Taylor. Well done James!

Pictured above: The City of Joondalup's Road Safety Super Hero pledge.
Visit to find out more about the City of Joondalup's commitment to road safety.
Targeting Fatigue, the Silent Killer in the Wheatbelt North Region
October is traditionally a busy time in the northern Wheatbelt region, with agricultural shows and events from Bindoon to Wongan Hills and back again!
It is wildflower season, so tourists and visitors are taking in the spectacle, farmers are gearing up for harvest, and the roads are getting busy.

A mix of agricultural machinery and trucks are using otherwise quiet country roads, and one particular road safety issue comes to mind at this busy time: driver fatigue.

Truck and coach drivers have prescribed fatigue management systems in place, but not so the remainder of our road users. So during October, the message “Don’t trust your tired self” was featured at the following seven events:
  • Jurien Bay: Duyfken replica foundation commemorative event.
  • Bindoon: Agricultural Society Show.
  • Northam: Supreme Australian Sheepdog Championship.
  • Northam: Turn Up in Blue Mental Health Week event, conducted by Share & Care Community Services Group Inc.
  • Bolgart: Bolgart Primary School Centenary celebrations (also incorporating the driver distraction message).
  • Dowerin: Pretty in Pink Hi Tea at the Community Resource Centre.
  • Wongan Hills: Reynoldson Reserve Wildflower Festival.
Some events listed above received event funding through the Government of Western Australia's Community Road Safety Grants Program, to promote the fatigue message.

By engaging with community members and visitors, event organisers and Local Governments are helping to share the responsibility for safety on our roads, and leading by example.

Hats off to the Wheatbelt North! Now hats back on again, because here comes summer!

Pictured above: Lisa Kay and Tresa White from the Shire of Chittering with Road Safety Advisor Cliff Simpson at the Bindoon Agricultural Show.
Contact Road Safety Advisor Cliff Simspon on 0409 686 138 or email to find out how your organisation can help promote road safety in the Wheatbelt North region.
"M8 the call can W8" Campaign 2016 to Launch with Additional Funding
RoadWise Committees across the South West region have joined together to promote the message that distracted drivers, in particular those who use mobile phones while behind the wheel, need to change their behavior.
Using the slogan “M8 the call can W8”, the campaign has expanded from just two Local Governments in 2014 (the City of Bunbury and the Shire of Dardanup).

The message of the 2016 campaign is for drivers to turn off their mobile phones when driving.

Bumpers stickers with the “M8 the call can W8” slogan will be available across the region to help promote the message.

The "M8 the call can W8" campaign received $27,850 in funding from the Government of Western Australia's Road Safety Community Grants Program to roll out the campaign across the South West region in 2016.

Statistics show that almost one-third of all crash fatalities and serious injuries in WA involved driver distraction1.

Pictured above: The message is clear, M8 the call can W8.

1 Source: Government of Western Australia, Road Safety Commission,, Accessed 3 November 2016.

Find out more about the "M8 the call can W8" campaign by contacting South West Road Safety Advisor Gavan Hayllar on 04 38 982 563 or email:
Anglers Raise Awareness of Fatigue at State Dry Casting Championships
The Australian Anglers Association helped raise awareness of the dangers of driver fatigue at their State Dry Casting Championships held at the Meadow Street Reserve in Guildford on Sunday, 30 October.
Organiser John Crompton is committed to promoting the ‘Driving tired can kill’ message, encouraging fellow fishing enthusiasts to consider the risks of fatigue when driving to and from their ‘dry casting’ locations.

“Those who compete in dry casting events travel long distances to recreational areas and spend all day competing, to then drive long distances home. It’s a long day - they get tired,” John said.

John set up a static display at the State Dry Casting Championships event including a ‘Don’t trust your tired self’ banner. Participants and their families were provided with litter bags containing brochures with information about fatigue, as well as merchandise with road safety messages.

John engaged many in discussions about how to recognise driver fatigue and provided solutions to combat fatigue such as; stopping for a break or coffee, swapping drivers where possible, or stopping to have a short sleep.

Congratulations to John Crompton for his efforts to promote an awareness of driver fatigue to the fishing community.

Pictured above: Fatigue messages were on display at the State Dry Casting Championships event, held in Guildford.
For more facts about fatigue, visit the Road Safety Commission website at
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