Local Government Road Safety Awards

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Winner announcement

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Congratulations to the recipients and those recognised as part of the 2016 Local Government Road Safety Awards announced on Friday, 12 February at the WA Transport and Roads Forum.

The Local Government Road Safety Awards are a joint initiative WALGA’s RoadWise Program and the Institute of Public Works and Engineering Australasia – Western Australia Inc. and are an opportunity for Local Governments to be recognised for their road safety projects implemented as well as recognising local road safety champions.

The calibre of Award submissions this time round made it a difficult decision for the Assessment Panel. RoadWise would like to thank all those who submitted nominations and encourage all Local Governments to continue the excellent work being done and look forward to receiving submissions for the next Local Government Road Safety Awards 

The Award recipients are: 

Safe Roads and Roadsides: The Sarkis Petrossian Award

Highly Commended: City of Wanneroo for their Traffic Treatments on San Rosa Road project

Award recipient: City of Albany for their Lower Denmark Road, Roundhay Road, Allerton Road intersection upgrade project. 

Safe Speeds category

Award recipient: City of Wanneroo for their School Speed Limits project. 

Safe Road Use category

Metropolitan Award recipient: City of Wanneroo for their Driver Reviver Program.

Rural Award recipient: Shire of Esperance for their Esperance ‘Slow Down and Enjoy the Ride’ campaign. 

Joe North Award

Highly Commended: Fred Nancarrow for 21 years dedicated to road safety through the City of Armadale RoadWise Committee

About the Awards

The Local Government Road Safety Awards are a joint initiative of the WA Local Government Association’s (WALGA)’s RoadWise Program and the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) – Western Australia Inc. which seek to acknowledge outstanding achievements by Local Governments in the area of road safety.

To view the Local Government Road Safety Awards fact sheet please complete the download form.

See a list of past award recipients.

The Award categories are aligned with Towards Zero, WA’s road safety strategy 2008-2020, which aims to improve road safety by incorporating the safe system approach through four cornerstones: safe road use; safe roads and roadsides; safe speeds; and safe vehicles. The safe system approach aims to create a road network that accommodates human error and recognises there are physical limits to the amount of force our bodies can take before we are injured.

Based on this safe system approach, the Local Government Road Safety Awards acknowledge those projects that have provided engineering and/or practical solutions through the four key areas (cornerstones) to improve road safety on local road networks.

As well as acknowledging projects under the four cornerstones, the awards recognise an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to road safety by being presented with the Joe North Award.

Safe Roads and Roadsides: The Sarkis Petrossian Award

This year the WALGA RoadWise Program recognised Sarkis Petrossian by presenting the Safe Roads and Roadsides Awardin Sarkis’ memory.

Sarkis was well known in engineering and road safety circles, having had a long and distinguished career as a traffic engineer with Main Roads and then as a consultant. Generous with his time, Sarkis also volunteered his expertise and advice to many important initiatives over many years.

Improvements to the safety of roads and roadsides have been proven to reduce the incidence and severity of crashes at locations with a known crash history. This category relates to projects that have identified high risk sections of roads, roadsides and intersections, then implemented a cost effective solution or treatment that has enhanced the overall safety for all road users.

Safe Road Use

Influencing the behaviour of road users is critical in saving lives and preventing injuries on our roads. The evidence tells us that it is not only ‘risk taking’ behaviour that causes serious crashes. Many are caused by the mistakes road users make, such as errors of judgements or momentary lapses of concentration.

This category relates to Local Governments that have developed a community road safety action project to address safe road user behaviour (e.g. countering drink and drug driving, reducing speeding, increasing restraint use, fatigue, distraction, and novice drivers). The action or project may involve a number of Local Governments and other agencies working collaboratively to address a community road safety issue.

Safe Speeds

Research shows that as travel speeds rise, road users are less able to react to other road users' actions or detect hazards; stopping distances increase; and crash severity increases.

This category relates to projects that have employed engineering approaches to make changes to the road environment to encourage lower travel speeds. Projects under this category may have also reduced speed limits or incorporated police involvement for improved enforcement.

Safe Vehicles

Safer cars save lives. It is estimated that if people and organisations purchased the safest car in their desired class, overall safety across Australia would improve by 26 per cent.

This categoryrelates to those Local Governments that may have adopted or implemented a workplace road safety policy and/or a fleet purchasing policy. Alternatively they may have advocated or supported the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and used car safety ratings in their area.

Joe North Award

This award recognises an individual’s outstanding commitment and contribution to and demonstrated achievement of the aims of community road safety beyond their normal duties. Community members, Councillors, volunteers and RoadWise Committee members can be nominated for this award.

The Award was founded in recognition of the longstanding commitment and dedication to road safety in Western Australia by Mr Joe North AM.

Submissions

Submissions are now closed.

Contact

For more information email roadwise@walga.asn.au or contact your closest Road Safety Advisor.

Award Recipients

Past Winners
YearCategoryWinner
2014 Safe Roads and Roadsides Metro winner: Town of Claremont for the Bay View Terrace Shared Space Upgrade.

Rural winner: Shire of Irwin for the Walkability Audit.

  Safe Speeds City of Wanneroo for the Review of Default State Speed Limits within the City of Wanneroo
  Safe Road Use City of Swan for the Reggie’s Road Rules and Tips project
  Safe Vehicles City of Stirling and City of Swan joint collaboration Vehicle Safety and Child Restraint Checking Station
  Joe North Award Rudi Steffens for his outstanding commitment, dedication and contribution to road safety in Wanneroo and the wider community
2012 Safe Road Use City of Stirling for their Child Car Restraint Program project
  Safe Roads and Roadsides Metro winner - Town of Victoria Park for their intersection improvement at Briggs and Star Street project 

Rural winner - Shire of Plantagenet for their Spencer Road Southern Bypass and Upgrade project

  Safe Travel Speeds City of Joondalup for their speed reduction on Duffy Terrace, Woodvale project
  Safe Vehicles Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale for their small vehicle fleet policy
2010 Safe Roads and Roadsides Metro winner - City of Joondalup for their upgrade of Connolly Drive, Kinross project

Rural winner - Shire of Dardanup for their upgrade to Waterloo Road project

  Safe Travel Speeds Metro winner - Town of Victoria Park for their Speed Zone Changes to Albany Highway project

Rural winner - Shire of Denmark for their Safer Industry Speeds for the Community project

  Safe Road Use Metro winner - City of Joondalup and the City of Stirling for their Community Safe Speed Promise project

Rural winner - Shire of Dardanup for their Ferguson Valley Shared Road Use Awareness project

2009 Safe Road Use Metro winner - City of Joondalup for their School Road Safety Art Competition project

Rural winner - Shire of Boddington, Collie and Harvey for their Industry Road Safety Alliance project

  Safe Roads and Roadsides Metro winner - Town of Cambridge for their intersection of Railway Parade and Southport Street, West Leederville roundabout project

Rural winner - Shire of Boddington, Collie and Harvey for the Industry Road Safety Alliance project

High commendation - City of Melville for their Esplanade, Mount Pleasant Upgrade project

  Safe Travel Speeds Metro winner - City of Stirling for their targeting high travel speeds in the City of Stirling project

Rural winner - Shire of Plantagenet for their reducing travel speeds in the Shire of Plantagenet project

  Safe vehicles Shire of Denmark for their ANCAP/Green Purchasing Policy project
  Joe North Award Cr Elisa Archer; for her outstanding commitment and contribution to WA road safety
2008 Safe Roads and Roadsides Shire of Cranbrook for their Wingebellup Road project
  Safe Travel Speeds Shire of Plantagenet for their Lowood Road Upgrade project
  Safe Road User Behaviour Metro winner - City of Melville for their Six Mates, Six Stories project

Rural winner - City of Bunbury for their Slow Down in Bunbury project

Highly commended - City of Gosnells for their series of RoadWise and TravelSmart projects

2005 Safety of Roads Town of Victoria Park for their Bow-tie Roundabout project
  Reducing Travel Speeds Highly commended - Shire of Tambellup for their Howard Street, Tambellup project
  Community Road Safety Winner - Town of Victoria Park for their Don’t Turn Your Brake Into A Wake project

Highly commended - City of Melville for their Beyond the Concrete Workshop


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