An Easter blessing for road safety in the City

Posted on: Thursday, 15 May 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

The City of Wanneroo hosted its annual Blessing of the Roads ceremony to pray for the safety of road users during the Easter holiday period.

 Cr Norman Hewer, Cr Dot Newton JP and Bill Street with the Driver Reviver Caravan

Cr Norman Hewer, Cr Dot Newton JP and Bill Street with
the Driver Reviver Caravan

Promoted by the WA Local Government Association’s RoadWise program, the event seeks to promote greater safety for motorists, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians during the traditionally busy Easter holidays.

The ceremony was held at one of the City’s busiest intersections, Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive.

WA Police Chaplain Reverend Joe Newbold prayed for the safety of all road users as well as the emergency services staff who often deal with road trauma during this time.

This year’s ceremony also included a personal message from WA Road Safety Minister Hon. Liza Harvey MLA.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts urged all road users to take care over the holiday period and keep our roads accident free.

“Please don't drink and drive, and just importantly, please don't allow anyone who has been drinking to get behind the wheel of a car," Mayor Roberts said.

"Reduce your speed, take regular breaks, belt up, keep children buckled up, and turn off your mobile phone," she said.

Representatives from WA Police and Fire and Emergency Services attended the event, promoting the Easter road safety campaign.

Students from local schools including Mindarie Senior College, Quinns Beach Primary School and St Anthony's Primary School also played a part – the students placed white crosses in the ground, poignantly symbolising the lives lost on our roads in the past year.

During the event, Mayor Roberts, on behalf of the City of Wanneroo RoadWise Working Group, presented a number of community members with Human Spirit Awards. 

The awards acknowledge the outstanding efforts of people who strive to keep others safe on the roads, and were presented to the following people:

  • Tracey Gallagher, from Quinns Beach Primary School, for actively promoting and supporting many projects to improve road safety for students in the local community.
  • Rudi Steffens, former City of Wanneroo councillor, instigator of the City's Driver Reviver Program, and Chairperson of the City's RoadWise Working Group from 1999 to 2013.
  • Shane Pope, on behalf of the Landsdale Resident's Association, for their "Slow down and consider our kids" speed awareness initiative.

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