Stronger RoadWise Presence in Wheatbelt South

Posted on: Friday, 14 March 2014 at 12:00:00 AM

WA Local Government Association President Mayor Troy Pickard announced today that Rodney Thornton has joined WALGA’s RoadWise Program as Road Safety Advisor in the Wheabelt South Region.

Mr Thornton will work with Local Governments,  RoadWise Committees and communities across 19 shires from Beverley to Narrembeen and West Arthur to Lake Grace, engaging the community to work together to reduce road deaths and serious injuries.  Sixty seven people were killed or seriously injured in the region last year. More than half of these were the result of singe vehicle crashes.   

Mayor Pickard said that road safety is a shared responsibility.  Mr Thornton will provide support and advice to Local Governments and RoadWise committees in the region to develop and implement effective programs and activities that contribute to a safer road environment.  

“Rodney will provide a new enthusiasm and a different view on how the communities and groups of like-minded people can achieve improved outcomes,” said Mayor Pickard. “The RoadWise Committees in the region contribute a great deal to the focus of road safety and they will benefit from Rodney's local knowledge and strong community development experience  in the region.”

Mr Thornton, is well known in the Wheatbelt region and will operate from an office in Bruce Rock,  where he lives with his wife Merredith and children.  

The RoadWise Program engages with and provides input to the community road safety network which extends across the whole of Western Australia.




Mayor Troy Pickard, WALGA President 0409 209 649


Nicola Holman, Marketing and Media Manager 0448 896 435



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