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Road Safety Newsletter
JULY 2015
Issue 7

In this issue...


Local Government Road Asset and Expenditure Report now available
The 2013/14 Local Government Road Asset and Expenditure Report is now available and can be downloaded from the WALGA website.
The Local Government Road Asset and Expenditure Report is published by WALGA each year to provide a comprehensive analysis of the investment on WA roads.

The report is also a supporting document useful in inter-governmental negotiations on the allocation of road funds. It is therefore important that we continue to collect and analyse data on Local Government road assets to further strengthen these negotiations.
For further information about the Asset and Expenditure Report, including information about how the data is collated, visit the WALGA website.
The Office of Road Safety is now the Road Safety Commission
The Road Safety Commission has now replaced the Office of Road Safety.
The Road Safety Commission is responsible for guiding and implementing Government policy to help reduce road trauma and managing the Road Trauma Trust Account.

As part of the change to the Road Safety Commission, the Office of Road Safety website URL has also changed. The Road Safety Commission's website can be accessed by visiting
Visit the Hon Liza Harvey MLA, Minister for Police; Road Safety; Training and Workforce Development; Women's Interests' website to read the full media statement.
Broome drivers rewarded
Being pulled over by police may not always be a good experience. However, in Broome it might be because you’ve done the right thing!
The Broome RoadWise Committee, in partnership with local police, have embarked on a campaign to reward drivers for good driver behaviour. The project has received good media exposure through Broome Police social media platforms and in online editions of major newspapers.
The most recent winner was drawn live on Spirit Radio during the weekly “Broome Beat” segment.
Police have praised the initiative.

Pictured above: Michelle Padjan and son Silas receive a gift voucher from Senior Sergeant Shayne Knox of Broome Police.
To find out more about road safety activities in the Kimberley region, please email Road Safety Advisor Greg Hayes on 0419 192 759.
Leonora Golden Gift - Don't drink and drive campaign
The Leonora Golden Gift is a weekend packed with athletics, cycling, horse racing and family entertainment.
This year, in conjunction with the RAC and with the support of the RoadWise Program, the ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ message was promoted to help ensure road safety was at the forefront of the community's minds.

The ‘Don’t Drink Drive’ message was displayed around the event through the use of banners, water bottles, leaflets, drink coolers and a competition to win a couple of top quality swags.

To be eligible to win the competition, entrants had to share a photo with the campaign message and use the hashtags #DontDrinkDrive and #LeonoraGG.

Leonora Police advised that no one was charged with drink driving over the Golden Gift weekend. Along with assistance from Kalgoorlie and Leinster Police, Leonora Police also conducted proactive patrols of all events held throughout the weekend.

Pictured above: Hon Dr Graham Jacobs MLA, Member for Eyre and wife Catherine; Leonora local and winner of the Female Open 120m Sprint Kiara Reddingius gets behind the ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ message (Photo by G. Foulkes-Taylor).
Through a combination of event banners, promotional materials and activities, social media promotions and a strong endorsement of the campaign via event commentary, the ‘don’t drink and drive’ message successfully saturated the Golden Gift weekend.
New Type 1 Child Car Restraint Fitters expand metropolitan network
Twelve participants attended the accredited Type 1 Child Car Restraint (CCR) Fitters course which was held at the City of Melville on 17 June.
The newly qualified fitters, who come from various local organisations and businesses, are now able to provide CCR fitting services as well as some education for parents.

Pictured: Matthew McLaughlin and Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey who had his child car restraint checked as part of the training.
For more information visit or call the CCR fitting information line on 1300 780 713.
Onslow Road Users Group to present at road safety conference
The Onslow Road Users Group (ORUG) has been given an opportunity to present at the Australasian Road Safety Conference in October.
ORUG will be outlining the rationale for the formation of the group, its objectives, organisations involved, some of its successes to date and plans for the future.

The group formed in May 2013 and has demonstrated a collaborative approach to the delivery of local road safety projects,  including promotion through Facebook and local events.
The group also addresses road safety issues identified by group members and the community, including speeding in local streets and the behaviour of vulnerable road users such as cyclists.
ORUG is a good example of “Taking action together” which is the conference theme.

Pictured above: ORUG members at the Adventure and Road Safety Film Festival; Jeremy Coulson, Quentin Shircore, Justine Shircore, Jackie Barry and Jaydon Vernes raising awareness in the community.
For more information about ORUG visit the group’s Facebook page. To find out more about the Australasian Road Safety Conference, visit the conference website.
Welcome to Hedland
The Hedland RoadWise Committee promoted road safety at the recent Welcome to Hedland night.
Committee members ShiFee Ajaran, from the Town of Port Hedland, and Jane Kennedy from Goodline were on hand to speak to new residents and other community members on various aspects of road safety.
Fatigue, seatbelts, speed and alcohol were amongst the most common contributing factors to death and serious injury in the Pilbara region from 2004-2013, with single vehicle non-collision the most common crash type.1

The committee distributed information bags containing information about the key issues affecting road users in the Pilbara region and what individuals can do to improve road safety outcomes.
The night was also an opportunity to show off one of the committee’s new resources, a “Share the Road” banner encouraging all road users to look out for each other.

Pictured above: Committee members ShiFee Ajaran and Jane Kennedy get ready for Welcome to Hedland;  All smiles from ShiFee Ajaran and Jane Kennedy.
1 Road Safety Commission
For more information on how you can get involved in road safety or to borrow road safety resources visit
Let's share the road!
RoadWise Committees in the Gascoyne, Pilbara and Metro South regions are promoting the “share the road” message.
Cyclists have little protection on our roads in the event of a crash.

In 2013 six people were killed and 131 seriously injured while cycling in WA. Cycling participation is higher in WA than the national average. Whilst cyclists make up only two per cent of all road users, in the 10 year period to 2013, they made up four per cent of those killed and seriously injured.1
A variety of resources are available to encourage road users to watch out for each other and highlight positive actions that can be taken motorists and cyclists to keep each other safer.

RoadWise Committees are using banners and wallet cards to raise awareness and provide information to cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and motorists on what they can do to better share the road.

Pictured above: Fence mesh banner in front of the City of Gosnell’s civic centre; Share the road pull up banner outside Carnarvon Visitor’s Centre.

1 Road Safety Commission
To find out how to borrow RoadWise road safety resources, email Senior Road Safety Consultant Engel Prendergast, by phone on 9213 2060.
Onslow Road Users Group promotes safe road use at Passion of the Pilbara
Onslow Road Users Group (ORUG) members showed their passion for road safety by providing road safety information at the Passion of the Pilbara event held in June.
Visitors to the stall were able to gain information on what they can do to share the roads safely with other road users including cyclists, pedestrians, motorcyclists and motorists. They also had the opportunity to learn more about the effects of alcohol and drugs on driving ability by trying out the fatal vision goggles.

ORUG has a variety of educational resources that can be borrowed by local businesses for use when talking to staff about the dangers of drink driving. To book these resources, please visit 16 Second Aveenue, Onslow.

Pictured above: The ORUG display at the Passion of the Pilbara event.
For more information about ORUG see the group’s Facebook page.
Road Safety Community Grants Program recipients
The State Government has handed out more than $70,000 to community groups as part of the latest round of the Road Safety Community Grants Program.
Successful organisations receiving funds in the April round of submissions include:
  • Mukinbudin Planning and Development Group Inc., for the Act Belong Commit Mukinbudin 2015 Spring Festival - Market Day event
  • Coolgardie Day Celebrations Inc., for the Coolgardie Day Celebrations Inc. event
  • Chittering Tourist Association, for the 2015 Chittering Wildflower Festival event
  • National Ballooning Championships Northam Committee, for the Australian National Ballooning Championships Northam WA 2015 event
  • Shire of Northam, for the Family Fun Day - Balloon Fiesta and Balloon Glow event
  • Shire of Morawa, for the Morawa RoadWise Strategic Plan 2015-2016 project
  • Kalbarri RoadWise Committee, for the Kalbarri RoadWise One Year Action Plan project
  • Irwin RoadWise Committee, for the Irwin RoadWise Road Safety Action Plan 2015-2016 project
  • Shire of Esperance, for the 2015 Esperance Road Safety Campaign project
  • Avon Valley Arts Society Inc., for the Towards Zero Avon Valley School Road Safety Art project
  • Motorcycle Riders Association of Western Australia Inc., for the Motorcycle Riders Association of WA Inc. - Motorcycle and Scooter Road Safety Action Plan project.
Total funding of $360,000 has been allocated to the Road Safety Community Grants Program for this financial year from the Road Trauma Trust Account.
To find out more about how your organisation can apply for a road safety community grant, visit the Road Safety Commission website.
Road safety events, conferences and resources
Each month, the RoadWise Road Safety Newsletter will provide details of events, conferences or new resources (reports, statistics or data) which may be of direct interest to members of the community road safety network.
The information provided below is not intended to be an exhaustive list, rather a carefully selected list, most relevant to our road safety network.

New road safety data, report or statistics:
Road deaths Australia - monthly bulletins - This bulletin contains current counts and summaries of road crash deaths and fatal road crashes in Australia. It is produced monthly and published on BITRE's website on or around the 14th of each month. Data are sourced from the road traffic or police authorities in each jurisdiction.

Road safety events:
  • Australasian Road Safety Conference, Wednesday 14 - Friday 16 October 2015, Gold Coast, Australia. Visit the conference website.
If you have a local road safety event or a link to a report/data you have found relevant to your local road safety efforts, please email the details to Road Safety Project Officer Kylie O'Driscoll.
South Australian motorcycle campaign aims to improve rider safety
The South Australian State government is encouraging motorcyclists to choose motorcycles fitted with anti-lock braking (ABS) technology that could significantly improve their safety.
The State Government’s new campaign aims to raise awareness among motorcycle riders about the benefits of ABS and to encourage them to consider this safety feature when choosing a new bike.

Seven lives could have been saved and 57 serious injuries avoided in 2012 if all South Australian motorcycles had been fitted with anti-lock braking technology. Saving seven lives and avoiding 57 serious injuries would have meant a reduction of up to 50 per cent of South Australia’s serious motorcycle casualties that year.
To find out more about this South Australian initiative, visit the MyLicence webpage about ABS on motorcycles.
'Unsecure load, unsecure road' campaign
Loads which are not properly tied down can become dangerous missiles which can damage cars or, worse, injure or kill people.
Keep Australia Beautiful WA (KAB WA) has found that approximately 40% of roadside litter is not deliberately thrown from vehicles, but comes off the back of trucks and utes where loads are not tied down or not tied on securely.

During Keep Australia Beautiful Week from 24-30 August, KAB WA in partnership with the Road Safety Commission (formerly the Office of Road Safety), is encouraging the road safety community to promote the ‘Unsecure load, unsafe road’ campaign.
KAB WA can supply resources such as posters and brochures, articles for newsletters, a radio ad and even an on-line competition where people can win trailer nets and restraint belts.
Be part of the solution to unsecured loads in WA.
For more information, contact KAB WA by phone on 6467 5122, email or visit
Wheatbelt Touring Circuit to promote road safety across the region
The Wheatbelt Touring Circuit assists acts in gaining vital new connections with Wheatbelt music networks and audiences, whilst at the same time, bringing awareness to the high road fatality rates experienced in the Wheatbelt region.
Some of WA’s finest metro and Wheatbelt acts will combine for monthly tours through until November, visiting towns including Jurien Bay, Merredin, Bencubbin, Grass Valley, Nungarin, Kellerberrin and Quindanning. Entry to the monthly tours is free.
Visit the WAM website to find our more about the Wheatbelt Touring Circuit.
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