WA Wheatbelt Pledges

WA Wheatbelt locals make road safety pledge

The Shire of Wyalkatchem, in WA’s Wheatbelt, encouraged the local community to engage in a road safety conversation at a National Road Safety Week morning tea focused on the theme ‘Protecting those who rescue us’.

Local paid and volunteer St John Ambulance staff attended, as well as the local Senior Leisure Group, who discussed the high number of elderly vulnerable road users in Wyalkatchem, including pedestrians and mobility scooter users.

The Shire’s Administration Officer – Governance and Emergency Ella McDonald spoke to attendees about the reliance regional communities have on their emergency services, including paramedics, local police and fire and rescue personnel, particularly in the event of a road crash in the community.

“We come together to not only raise awareness of road safety issues, but to show our appreciation for our first responders who dedicate much of their time to helping others and saving lives,” said Ms McDonald.

“On behalf of our community, I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to you all for the work you do for us.”

Guests were asked to make a road safety pledge that was then included on a ‘Yellow Brick Road to a Safer Wyalkatchem’ display and then enjoyed morning tea as a reminder to take regular breaks on long drives to combat fatigue.

Louise Nealon