Bringing Industry, government and the community together to improve road safety

Injury Matters | September 12, 2017

Road Trauma Support WA Community Outreach Coordinator, Georgie Sweeting, travelled to Esperance last week to attend the Goldfields Esperance Industry Road Safety Alliance meeting.

The alliances have been developed as part of the Road Safety Commission’s Partnership program to bring industry bodies and local and state government agencies together to work collaboratively to improve road safety in their particular region.

There are now six Alliances throughout Western Australia with the most recent group launched by WA Police Minister Hon Michelle Roberts MLA in the Kimberley last month.

The Goldfields/Esperance Industry Road Safety Alliance (GEIRSA) was formed in 2015 with the aim of reducing and ultimately eliminating death and serious injury in the region – a challenge for a region that covers over 700,000 square kilometres.

The GEIRSA is currently focused on increasing road safety on gravel roads and improving journey planning and services in remote areas such as the Eyre Highway. The group is also actively working towards mitigating the risks associated with animal hazards such as the movement of livestock across roadways,

Current members of the group include CBH, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, Lendlease, Toll Mining and the RAC with representatives from Mainroads, Roadwise and WA Police.

The group met on Friday September 8, along with key Road Safety Commission staff who flew down from Perth for the day to attend the meeting.

RTSWA presented to the group giving some general information and background about the service and its origins and also spoke about the workshops currently being held in both Perth and regional WA which have been designed to support first responders who routinely deal with grief, trauma due to the nature of their work.

RTSWA also met with key stakeholders in the Esperance region, WAPOL’s Senior Sergeant Richard Moore, DFES Area Officer Stephen Petersen and St John Ambulance Community Paramedic Paul Gaughan as well as Esperance Hospital’s head of operations Margaret Smillie.

The trip provided a great opportunity to meet with our stakeholders face to face, to let them know how those impacted by road trauma in the regions can access our services and to provide information about our forthcoming workshops.

A date for a potential “Working with grief, trauma and loss workshop” conducted by RTSWA’s team of specially trained counsellors has been tentatively set down for early April next year.

For further information about future workshops in the Perth metropolitan area and regional WA please contact our offices on (08) 9420 7262 or toll free on 1300 004 814 or or visit our website.