Adults urged to pro­tect driv­ers

Cam­paign aims to pro­tect young P-platers

Bayside and Northern Suburbs Star - - NEWS - SANDGATE NEWS STIR­LING HINCHLIFFE MP State mem­ber

SAFE driv­ing is every­one’s busi­ness, so it is vi­tal ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers in our com­mu­nity share their ex­pe­ri­ence and tips with younger driv­ers as they tran­si­tion through their Learner and Pro­vi­sional Li­cences. I had the op­por­tu­nity to share my driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ences with the se­nior co­hort at Bracken Ridge State High School last week, as part of the State Gov­ern­ment’s on­go­ing ‘Pro­tect your P-plater’ cam­paign, to en­cour­age an open di­a­logue be­tween P-platers and ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers. I urge all lo­cal par­ents and other ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers to con­tinue to stay in­volved in the driv­ing of our P-platers so, to­gether, we can make the road a safer place for all users. For more in­for­ma­tion visit jointhedrive.qld.gov.au/ par­ents.

BRACKEN Ridge State High School’s 50th an­niver­sary is less than eight weeks away. To as­sist in cel­e­brat­ing this milestone, the school is seek­ing do­na­tions from the com­mu­nity. If you wish to do­nate to the school, con­tact the events team on 3639 9100 or events@brac ridgeshs.eq.edu.au.

MAIN­TAIN­ING pos­i­tive men­tal health and well-be­ing is im­por­tant to all mem­bers of our com­mu­nity. Last week Queens­land’s Men­tal Health Com­mis­sion launched a new so­cial me­dia cam­paign with a 100-day count­down that de­liv­ers 100 ways to bet­ter men­tal health and well-be­ing. The #100waysin100­days cam­paign on Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram pro­vides daily tips for Queens­lan­ders to as­sist in valu­ing their men­tal health and well-be­ing in the lead up to Queens­land Men­tal

Health Week (Oc­to­ber 8-14). Visit www.qld­men­tal­health week.org.au/news/ 100waysin100­days/.

BE­TWEEN now and Novem­ber marks mag­pie breed­ing sea­son. I urge all res­i­dents to stay alert through­out this time and make sure chil­dren are aware of some sim­ple tips to help stay safe dur­ing ‘swoop­ing sea­son’. Get to know where the mag­pies breed in your area and avoid these zones. If you have to go through one, wear a hat and sun­glasses, or hold your bag above your head. If cycling, draw eyes on, or at­tach ca­ble ties to your hel­met. Walk in groups and watch the mag­pies. Let swoop­ing birds lie – do not fight back or they can be­come more ag­gres­sive. Never ap­proach young mag­pies. Re­mem­ber, mag­pies in Queens­land are pro­tected un­der the Na­ture Con­ser­va­tion Act 1992.

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