Great Southern Road Safety Conference Wraps Up for 2019

Posted on: Friday, 1 November 2019 at 12:00:00 AM

Congratulations to road safety stakeholders from the Great Southern region (and beyond) who came together this week to share knowledge, information and opportunities at the 2019 Great Southern Road Safety Conference.

Organised by the Cranbrook RoadWise Committee and held at the Cranbrook Sporting Complex, this annual regional event was attended by delegates from the region's RoadWise Committees, State Government agencies, Local Governments, industry and private business.

Keynote speaker David McTiernan from the Australian Road Research Board presented on the role of Local Government in road safety, given that Local Governments manage approximately 87% of the WA road network. He challenged conference attendees to consider the question, “Is Road Safety a Local Government Priority?” and after his presentation, facilitated a question and answer panel session. Road Safety Commission Assistant Director (Policy), Melissa Watts provided an update about the feedback received through the community consultation process for the development of the new WA road safety strategy.
In addition, local road safety stakeholder presentations included:

  • Tyre Technology & Legal Requirements for Lift Kits and Oversize Wheels - Maarten Hardy, Cartec Training
  • Research and evidence behind pre-learner education/increased supervised hours - Melissa Carpenter, Department of Education (School Drug Education and Road Aware)
  • Sober Super Heroes campaign - Denmark RoadWise Committee
  • Bikes & Booze - New Rules - Laurie Seton, Officer in Charge, Cranbrook Police and Carl Beck, WALGA RoadWise Road Safety Advisor. 
  • Road Safety: a Main Roads Perspective - Andrew Duffield, Main Roads WA Regional Manager.



Pictured above: Road safety stakeholders came together for the annual Great Southern Road Safety Conference, held in Cranbrook. 

Contact Road Safety Advisor Carl Beck on 0418 904 081, or via email at to find out how your organisation can get involved with road safety projects in the Great Southern region.

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