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RoadWise Road Safety Newsletter
march 2017
Issue 3

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Welcome, Nicky Smith!
WALGA's RoadWise welcomes Nicky Smith, who joins the Program as the Road Safety Advisor for the South West region.
Nicky has a Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) and extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector in community development and management. 

Nicky’s career has been based in Bunbury and the South West region. She was instrumental in establishing headspace Bunbury and previously worked with the Greater Bunbury Division of General Practice.

Welcome Nicky!
Nicky can be contacted on mobile: 0438 982 563 or via email from Tuesday, 28 March.
Help WALGA's RoadWise Shine a Light on Road Safety During May
WALGA’s RoadWise will be supporting a number of global and national road safety campaigns during May, one of which is the national Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign.
The Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign aims to raise awareness of the need to prevent deaths and injuries on our roads and to raise funds to support those impacted by road trauma.

The 2017 Shine a Light on Road Safety campaign will coincide with the Fourth United Nations Global Road Safety Week to be held from 8-14 May. The week will focus on speed and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries.

The campaign has three parts:
  1. Asking all road users to turn on their headlights on Friday, 12 May as a simple, free and highly visible gesture, to remember those impacted by road trauma and show your commitment to road safety.
  2. Community events or local promotions.
  3. Illuminations in yellow of key icons from Monday, 8 to Sunday, 14 May.
WALGA's RoadWise has developed a resource kit to assist Local Governments and members of the road safety network to participate in the campaign. The kit includes background information and promotional templates which can be adapted to suit local involvement.

Download a copy of the Kit - Shine a Light on Road Safety March 2017 by completing the form on the WALGA RoadWise website

Pictured above: Local Governments and members of the road safety network are invited to Shine a Light on Road Safety from 8-14 May; The opportunities for involvement are wide and varied, from lighting up local landmarks and icons, to "lighting up" existing road safety initiatives such as the Kimberley Horns and Hooves on the Highway campaign which will spread the word through social media.

To find out more, contact your closest Road Safety Advisor by visiting the WALGA RoadWise website;
'Celebrate City Beach' Event Helps Highlight the Importance of Safe Vehicles
At their recent 'Celebrate City Beach' event, the Town of Cambridge raised awareness of vehicle safety by providing event attendees with information about ANCAP and Used Car Safety Ratings.
The event was held on Sunday, 26 February at Challenger Parade, City Beach and included family fun activities and live music throughout the afternoon.

Whilst promoting the ‘All valuables have been removed from this vehicle’ community safety message, Town of Cambridge staff also handed out sun visors which provide links to relevant websites that provide vehicle safety information, such as the latest Used Car Safety Ratings.

Visitors also had access to brochures with information about the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) which applies safety ratings to new cars based on crash tests carried out on vehicles. Vehicle safety features can be active features that assist in avoiding a crash in the first place (electronic stability control, autonomous emergency braking) or passive features that better protect vehicle occupants in the event of a crash (airbags, seatbelts, head restraints).

Pictured above: The Town of Cambridge celebrated City Beach whilst also promoting safe vehicles.
For more information about safe vehicles visit the WALGA RoadWise website;
Minilya Roadhouse Joins the Coffee Stop Family
Minilya Roadhouse has joined other locations throughout the state to provide free coffee for drivers to help them avoid driver fatigue.
Situated just south of the Minilya-Exmouth Road turn-off on the North West Coastal Highway, the Minilya Roadhouse provides an opportunity for travellers to stop and take a break, helping to prevent fatigue related crashes in the region. 

Driver fatigue is recognised as a major contributing factor to road trauma in WA.

For more information about the Coffee Stop program visit

Pictured above: Minilya Roadhouse Assistant Manager, Kathy Jones, ready to greet drivers with a free coffee as part of the Coffee Stop program.
Visit the RoadWise website at to check Coffee Stop locations before you set off on your next holiday or look out for the blue "Free Coffee for Driver" advisory signs.
Hedland RoadWise Group Back in Business
Road safety stakeholders in the Town of Port Hedland have met for the first time this year to look at strategies to address local road safety issues.
Membership of the Hedland RoadWise Group includes representatives from Bloodwood Tree Association, Goodline, Hedland Operator Training, Main Roads WA, Toll, Town of Port Hedland, WA Police and WALGA's RoadWise.

The first meeting saw members ratify the terms of reference and code of conduct and start work on an action plan.

The Group is looking to address issues such as driver fatigue, safe speeds, correct use of roundabouts, driver distraction, sharing the road with heavy vehicles and road safety around schools.
For more information about the Hedland RoadWise Group, contact WALGA RoadWise Senior Road Safety Consultant Engel Prendergast on 9213 2060 or
Avon Valley: WA's First Motorcycle Friendly Region
On Sunday 23 April, Avon Tourism will launch WA’s first Motorcycle Friendly region, Avon Valley. 
The Avon Valley region flows along winding roads north-west from Beverley through to New Norcia, taking in the country hospitality of York, Northam, Toodyay, Chittering, Bindoon, Victoria Plains and Goomalling.  The combination of stunning scenery and WA’s temperate climate offers the beginning of many a great ride. But we want it to be a safe ride too!
One of the elements of the initiative will be the “What’s Around The Corner?” campaign, asking riders be aware of the road safety hazards relevant to motorcycle riding and to think in a different way about rural riding.

Riders are encouraged to report unsafe local roads to the relevant Local Government and for highways, call the Main Roads WA number 138 138.

If you spot local roads that may need maintenance, let the relevant Council know by using WALGA's localeye mobile app. This free mobile app allows users to easily locate Council facilities, places of interest or local events, as well as report problems direct to individual Councils. Download localeye from the App Store for iOS devices, and the Google Play store for Android devices.

Pictured above: The “What’s Around The Corner?” campaign encourages riders to be aware of the road safety hazards and report unsafe road and report unsafe roads.
Contact Road Safety Advisor Cliff Simpson on 0409 686 138 or email to find out more about road safety initiatives in the Wheatbelt North region.
I Slow Down in Derby as Road Safety Shines at the Derby Expo
The Shire of Derby West Kimberley (SDWK) launched its “Please Slow Down, Consider Our Kids” bin sticker project at the Derby Expo recently.
The distribution of the bin stickers coincides with a recent reduction in speed limits on main thoroughfares of Loch Street and Ashley Street, and the installation of electronic school zone signage throughout the town.

The bin stickers were purchased by the Shire of Derby West Kimberley RoadWise Committee.

In conjunction with the launch, the Committee also ran a quiz and conducted a speed related survey. Congratulations to all 54 entrants for achieving 100 per cent on the survey.
Road safety was on show across the Derby Expo, with Main Roads WA, Derby police, Derby Tigers Football Club, Derby Volunteer Fire and Rescue and Expo organisers showcasing a variety of local road safety issues and providing valuable information to the community.

Pictured above: SDWK RoadWise Committee Chair Wayne Neate (left) and Road Safety Advisor Kimberley promoting safe speeds at the Derby Expo;  Shire President Elsia Archer delivers some great news and a swag to quiz winner Lynette Menmuir, of Derby.
Find out more about how you can reduce travel speeds in your community. Contact your closest Road Safety Advisor by visiting the WALGA RoadWise website
Road Safety Heroes in Rockingham
Members of the City of Rockingham RoadWise Advisory Committee, along with Rockingham police, spread the Safe Travel to School message at Rockingham Beach Primary School this month.
Safe Travel to School is one of the projects included in the City of Rockingham RoadWise Advisory Committee’s action plan.

Each year a school is selected to work with the Committee and the school community to educate and encourage students to travel safely to school.

Part of the project involved Committee members visiting the school to provide a road safety hero wristband to those displaying safe travel behaviour. These students were also given the opportunity to receive a Rockingham Road Safety Hero pack.

Safe travel behaviours included wearing a bike helmet, getting out of a vehicle on the kerb side, holding an adult's hand and walking along the footpath.

The Committee will continue to work with the school throughout the year to reinforce road safety messages to the students and the rest of the school community.

Pictured above: Promotional wristbands given to “Rockingham Road Safety Heroes”.
For more information about road safety in the City of Rockingham, visit
Blessing of the Roads - Cities of Stirling, Joondalup and Swan joint event
In what has become an annual tradition, the Cities of Stirling, Joondalup and Swan will hold a joint Blessing of the Roads ceremony on Friday, 24 March.
This year, the Blessing of the Roads ceremony will take place during the City of Stirling’s annual Harmony Day event at the Herb Graham Recreation Centre in Mirrabooka.
Starting at 11:00am, the ceremony will include speeches from Road Safety Commissioner Kim Papalia and City of Stirling Mayor Giovanni Italiano and soon after local elder Reverend Sealin Garlett will perform a Christian and traditional blessing.
A Road Safety Expo being held within the Harmony Day event will feature several organisations promoting a range of road safety initiatives with interactive activities such as the Toward Zero road safety display trailer and a crash car trailer.
Come along and be part of this community event. Visit to find out more information.
Big Community Bike Ride in Kalgoorlie
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder RoadWise Committee, in conjunction with West Cycle, Department of Transport and the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, is inviting the community to join the Big Community Bike Ride on Sunday, 26 March.
This is a free family event for walkers and bike riders.
This event is also supported by School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA), the WA Country Health Service, WA Police, Cancer Council WA and the Eastern Goldfields Cycle Club.

Pictured above: The Big Community Bike Ride promotional poster.
Contact Road Safety Advisor, Cherie Wallace on 0409 881 924 to find out more about road safety activities in the Goldfields-Esperance region.
Kalbarri RoadWise, Kalbarri District High School and SDERA Working Together
The Kalbarri RoadWise Committee is producing a 48-page information booklet, titled the ‘The Midwest Passport’. 
The informative booklet will include passport type stamps in various locations around the Midwest region in which visitors will be encouraged to stop, revive, see the local sights, plan their trip and avoid fatigue while driving. Car checking safety tips, links to important road safety websites and brief local tourist information will also be included. 

Local road safety messages from Midwest Local Governments will include topics such as turning phones off before driving, avoiding distractions, slowing down, keeping left, seatbelts, avoiding drink driving and having a safe, fun trip. 

The booklet will also be the launching pad for the Kalbarri RoadWise road safety mascot and his new Facebook page to encourage greater road safety awareness across the region.

The Kalbarri RoadWise Committee is running a road safety art competition at the Kalbarri District High School for artwork to incorpoate in the booklet.  Students from years three to ten will be engaged in road safety awareness and associated activities using SDERA educational resources.

Pictured above: SDERA's Mid West consultant, Kate McConkey presents art materials and templates for ‘The Midwest Passport’ to Kalbarri District High School principal, Stuart Teasdale.
If you would like to find out more information about the The Midwest Passport, contact Road Safety Advisor, Samatha Adams on 0419 953 583 or email
Cranbrook Residents Stay 'Healthy in the Bush'
Cranbrook community members were invited to the Cranbrook Sporting Club on Wednesday, 8 March to meet local health service providers who could help them to stay ‘Healthy in the Bush’.
The Cranbrook RoadWise Committee did their bit to keep residents safe by sharing the importance of purchasing a five star rated new or used vehicle and using appropriate child car restraints.
Committee member Jeff Alderton was on hand to put people through their paces with the ‘Consult the Stars’ activity which asks people to match star ratings and price with corresponding vehicles.

Jeff helped highlight that a more expensive vehicle is not necessarily safer, and a vehicle's size is not always an indicator of how safe it is.

Pictured above: Jeff Alderton, Shire of Cranbrook Manager Works and Services and member of the Cranbrook RoadWise Committee, shared important safe vehicle information at the 'Healthy in the Bush' event.
Do you know how safe your car is? Go to to find out, and remember the next time you buy a new or used car, consult the stars.
'Readiness to Travel' Stop Offers Free Vehicle Inspections in Dongara
The Dongara RoadWise Committee, together with the local Tyrepower crew hosted a free vehicle inspection stop during the Labour Day long weekend. 
Free watermelon, water and other light refreshments were available to those who visited the ‘Readiness to Travel’ stop.

The refreshment stand encouraged travellers to avoid fatigue by taking a break and rehydrating, while their vehicles were checked for basic safety. 

There were some interesting surprises for motorists who took advantage of the free vehicle safety check, including an incorrect sized flat spare tyre, low tyre pressures and even a live rat sitting on a carburettor. 

Motorists were also informed about the importance of tyre pressure and tyre use-by-dates.  Stuart Brogden from Dongara Tyrepower pointed out the importance correct tyres and optimum operating tyre pressure, particularly when travelling in excess of 90km/h. for longer than 30 minutes.  

It is important that everyone inspect their tyres regularly, for age, wear and to maintain optimum tyre pressure.

Pictured above: Paul, Laura, Raymond and Majella stop for a vehicle check and a break on their way to the north of WA.
If you live in the Mid West region and would like to find out more about safe vehicles or how to avoid fatigue on your next road trip, contact Road Safety Advisor, Samatha Adams on 0419 953 583 or email
Katanning Senior High School (KSHS) Get Up n Go Day
Students at Katanning Senior High School had the chance to get to know their local RoadWise Committee members at the annual Get Up n Go Day.
Committee members Fay and Peter talked to the students about distraction, speed, alcohol and other topics which are relevant to novice drivers.

Pictured above: Katanning Senior High School students Get Up n Go whilst learning more about road safety issues relevant to novice drivers.
Contact Road Safety Advisor, Erin Miller on 0418 904 081 to find out more about road safety activities in the Great Southern region.
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