Regional Safety Award
The Insurance Commission sponsors the Regional Safety Award at the WA Regional Achievement and Community Awards to promote safe road practices in regional communities. This award encourages fewer and less serious injuries from motor vehicle crashes, leading to fewer insurance claims incurring lower costs.
See Regional Achievement and Community Awards to nominate for the Regional Safety Award.
2019 Regional Safety Award winner
Boab Health Services
Boab Health Services, a primary health care services provider in the Kimberley, won for its remote travel safety systems.
Its fleet of 4WDs is equipped with key safety features, including satellite tracking, emergency duress pendants, satellite phones, emergency breakdown kits and water. New employees receive comprehensive remote travel orientation training and a remote travel manual is constantly updated and developed.
As a result, Boab Health Services has had no major incidents for over 21 years, involving any of its 30 staff who travel monthly to remote facilities in the Kimberley.
Previous winners of the Regional Safety Award
Narembeen Community Resource Centre
Located in the heart of the Wheatbelt, the Centre created the week-long event, S.O.C.K. – Save Our Country Kids.
Rocked by five road fatalities in 2016 – all young people with direct links to Narembeen – the community responded to get road safety front of people’s minds.
The Centre coordinated the week, which included a social media campaign featuring powerful stories showing the impact road tragedies have on families and the community as a whole.
Cory was critically injured in 2014 and spent over three months in hospital. His rehabilitation involved re-learning how to talk and walk. Cory now educates young people about the importance of road safety and the risk of fatigue while driving.
Kimberley RoadWise Committee
The Kimberly RoadWise Committee initiated the ‘Horns and Hooves on the Highway’ road safety campaign. The campaign raised awareness of the risk of animals straying onto country roads and causing injury. Each year over 200 cattle strikes occur on Kimberley roads, many of which cause injuries to motorists.
East Narrogin Primary School
East Narrogin Primary School embedded a whole of school approach to road safety in its curriculum. The school actively provides education and road safety support for teachers, parents and children. Initiatives include a ‘Road Aware Kids program’ for 4 to 15 year olds, newsletter tips on pedestrian and road safety, child car seat program, online resources, road safety posters for display at community events.