PIRSA change of staff and of struc­ture

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The WA Road Safety Com­mis­sion vis­ited Kar­ratha last week to over­see a staff change and a re­struc­ture of its Pil­bara in­dus­try net­work.

The Pil­bara In­dus­try Road Safety Al­liance, one of four al­liances un­der the RSC which has been oper­at­ing since 2010, met last Fri­day to be in­tro­duced to new rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ruth Cur­tis and to be re-or­gan­ised for a more strate­gic di­rec­tion.

RSC direc­tor of op­er­a­tions Chris Adams said the re­struc­ture was de­signed to re­flect the big­ger road safety vi­sion for mem­bers of in­dus­try while still tak­ing com­mu­nity con­cerns into ac­count.

“We are re­view­ing the strate­gic plan and just sep­a­rat­ing it ... from other ex­ist­ing road safety com­mit­tees at the grass­roots level, and el­e­vat­ing ideas at the strate­gic level so it has a wider im­pact for in­dus­try,” he said.

PIRSA mem­bers dis­cussed Pil­bara road is­sues such as how to han­dle heavy ve­hi­cles around stray an­i­mals, prospec­tive new road in­fra­struc­ture, and the ef­fec­tive­ness of cur­rent road safety cam­paigns.

Ms Cur­tis said driver fa­tigue was a key road safety is­sue the RSC was work­ing to ad­dress in the re­gion.

“Fa­tigue is a big is­sue,” she said. “(The RSC have) just done re­cent re­search, funded through the al­liance, to see what the Pil­bara com­mu­nity thought, and the com­mu­nity’s top con­cern was fa­tigue.”

Ms Cur­tis said other road safety is­sues such as drink-driv­ing, drug-driv­ing, lack of seat­belts, and speed­ing re­mained prob­lems for all of re­gional WA.

Road Safety Com­mis­sioner Kim Pa­palia said the re­struc­tur­ing of the Pil­bara and other road safety al­liances would im­prove re­sults through bet­ter col­lab­o­ra­tion.

“We en­cour­age all in­dus­try to par­tic­i­pate in safety im­prove­ment on road net­works around the State,” he said.

“These al­liances are a great way to in­form and mo­bilise work­forces and com­mu­ni­ties in re­gional WA.”

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Road Safety Com­mis­sion gen­eral man­ager of pro­grams David Slack-Smith, PIRSA rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ruth Cur­tis and direc­tor of op­er­a­tions Chris Adams in Kar­ratha last week.

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