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2010 Indigenous Road Safety Forum

10–12 November, Coffs Harbour

The Department, in conjunction with the former Roads and Traffic Authority NSW, held an Indigenous Road Safety Forum at the BreakFree Aanuka Resort, Coffs Harbour from the 10 to 12 November 2010. Participants included representatives from community groups, government agencies in the road safety, health and justice sectors, police, commercial organisations, academic institutions and local government.

The objectives of the Forum were to share resources and information to maintain an ongoing national commitment to addressing road safety issues that affect Indigenous people and make recommendations for practical and locally-relevant initiatives. The forum included a day trip to the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal Community of Corindi Beach, presentations on key road safety issues affecting Indigenous people and workshop discussions focussing on those issues.

Topics covered during the forum included:

  • Injury of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island People due to transport
  • Road safety infrastructure assessments for NSW identified Aboriginal Communities
  • Information sharing related to Indigenous road safety through the HealthInfoNet website
  • A preliminary assessment of Aboriginal fatalities on NSW roads
  • A case study of best practice implementation of road safety measures in Queensland's Woorabinda Community
  • Strategic and action planning in NSW
  • Lessons learned and national implications of a safe systems audit in remote Indigenous Communities
  • Road safety for Indigenous New Zealanders
  • An evidence-based action plan for prevention of road traffic injuries among Indigenous Australians
  • Aboriginal licensing in NSW
  • Alcohol interlock demonstration project.

Facilitated workshops were held on the following topics:

  • Driver licensing (Facilitator: Nigel Robinson—NSW RTA)
  • Safe System approach in Aboriginal Communities (Facilitator: Brad Hamilton—NSW RTA)
  • Alcohol, drink driving: the big picture (Facilitators: David Willmette—Red Tracx Training, Australia and Colin Edmonston—Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland)
  • Implementation and evaluation of injury projects in Aboriginal communities (Facilitator: Rebecca Ivers—the George Institute for Global Health and James Harrison—Flinders University)

Outcomes from the Forum

  • Forum program at the BreakFree Aanuka Resort PDF: 304 KB ReadSpeaker

  • Forum report highlighting major issues arising from the discussions
    PDF: 78 KB ReadSpeaker DOC: 56 KB

  • Postcard featuring artwork by artist Jingalu Melissa Craig from the Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre PDF: 540 KB ReadSpeaker
    Note: The painting depicted in this postcard was purchased from the artist Jingalu Melissa Craig by the Commonwealth and was gifted back to the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal Community of Corindi Beach.
  • Photographs taken at the Forum [ Click images for larger view ]


Last Updated: 21 November, 2014