Adults urged to protect drivers
Campaign aims to protect young P-platers
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.