Projects for road safety
It has been a busy year for the Carnarvon Roadwise Committee, with the wheels in motion for several road safety projects over the festive season.
Formed in 2013, the committee strives to reduce the number of serious injuries and fatalities on country roads by running events and activities about road safety.
Committee secretary and treasurer Andrea Pitcher said it was important for people to be aware of the possible consequences while driving in and around Carnarvon.
“We get a lot of visitors, as well as locals, coming in and out of town,” she said.
“Some people are just not aware, they want to get from point A to point B.
“But you need to plan the journey, check road conditions, take breaks and ensure they get there.
“Everyone should take care on the roads when driving through the festive season.”
In October the committee received a grant of $8090 from the Shire of Carnarvon’s Community Growth Fund to go towards two main projects, the Ribbons for Road Safety campaign and The Cow Project.
The Ribbons for Road Safety campaign is an annual community-based initiative, running from November 19 to January 5.
The Cow Project will see the committee team up with Central Regional TAFE in Carnarvon to create a lifesized cow from recycled materials.
Mrs Pitcher said the cow, named Secondhand Sally, will be placed around Carnarvon to remind drivers to be cautious of livestock on and near country roads.
The project will coincide with the committee’s Look Ahead Drive Safe — Horns and Hooves on the Highway project, funded by the Road Safety Commission, and is expected to begin in 2018.
Committee members will participate in the Shire of Carnarvon’s Christmas Main Street Party, held on December 1, where they will discuss the consequences of factors that affect driving.
During the street party the committee will also launch its crash trailer project.
“The idea is to put a crashed vehicle on trailer and put it around Carnarvon,” Mrs Pitcher said.
“It’s to promote road safety and make people aware this is the consequence if you’re speeding, or if you don’t take a break.
“It’s a visual way to remind people to be mindful when they get behind the wheel of a car.”
The crash trailer project was funded by Lotterywest and the committee received donations from Rio Tinto, Carnarvon Old Bastards and the Neville Helm Estate.
The trailer was made for the committee by Jarrod Morgan from JKM Fabrications in Dalwallinu.
The Carnarvon Roadwise Committee is made up of representatives from government agencies, community businesses, interest groups, WA Police and other community members.