Regional Roads Victoria (RRV) presented the awards at its Gippsland Road Safety Forum this afternoon in the categories of Outstanding Contribution to Road Safety, Community Programs and Initiatives, Local Government Initiatives and State Government Initiatives.
RRV Acting Regional Director (Eastern) Pas Monacella said the awards celebrate the achievements of locals who have demonstrated leadership in their approach to improving road safety in the region.
“We are shining a light on road safety success stories right here on our doorstep. We see so many admirable initiatives delivered by Gippslanders and these awards recognise these individuals and groups,” Mr Monacella said.
“I would like to applaud all nominees and winners for their contribution to road safety in our community.”
Mr Monacella said the Gippsland Road Safety Forum brought together organisations and individuals from across the state to share ideas and innovations in areas including collision investigation, driver distraction, trail bike trauma and caravan safety to improve road safety both locally and further afield.
“Knowledge is power and being able to share successes, developments and innovations in road safety will undoubtedly empower our peers to institute positive change in the work they do,” Mr Monacella said.
“The forum featured 25 presentations from a range of groups including road safety heavy hitters like the TAC, Victoria Police and the Centre for Automotive Safety Research, as well as community based organisations like the Men’s Shed Association.
“We are squarely focussed on our journey towards zero deaths on our roads, and this forum has been a positive step in that direction.”
List of Gippsland Road Safety Award winners
Community Programs and Initiatives Award - Twin River Community Group for demonstrating leadership and engaging stakeholders to improve safety in Nicholson, Swan Reach and Johnsonville.
Local Government Initiatives Award - Wellington Shire Council for embedding road safety into local government operations, strategies and plans and Baw Baw Shire Council for the community engagement and evidence-based approach used in the development of the Baw Baw Road Safety Strategy.
State Government Initiatives Award - East Gippsland Highway Patrols for the innovative development and implementation of the Line Tracking Detection technique.
Individual Outstanding Contribution and Road Safety Award - Keith Brownbill for exceptional professionalism, leadership and commitment to community road safety for over 30 years.