Tatura community focuses on reducing road trauma

By Liz Mellino

Road safety representatives will be in Tatura this week for another community safety meeting.

Run as a follow-up to the community meeting held in February, locals are encouraged to come along and hear from industry experts and provide input into how we can reduce road trauma.

Eastern Region Acting Senior Sergeant David Gillespie said he and Denise Moseley from Road Trauma Support Services Victoria spoke at the previous meeting about what local police were doing to address the issue and what welfare support was available.

"At that meeting I promised the community a follow-up meeting with the additional attendance of road safety partners," Sen Sgt Gillespie said.

"This was to further reach out to the community from a welfare perspective, but also acknowledging that the community input into achieving a ‘road to zero’ is invaluable."

Representatives from Driver Education Centre of Australia, Greater Shepparton City Council, Regional Roads Victoria, GV Road Safe, RTSSV and Victoria Police will be speaking at the meeting about the roles they play in targeting road safety.

Sen Sgt Gillespie said he also would be addressing a number of ideas and suggestions that were raised at the previous meeting to ensure the community were informed about what was being done to keep local roads safe.

With seven deaths on Greater Shepparton roads this year to date, Sen Sgt Gillespie encouraged community members to attend the meeting.

"It will be an opportunity to discuss road trauma within the local area, but also give the community the chance to ask questions directly to key stakeholders," he said.

The Community Road Safety Meeting will be held at the Tatura Senior Citizens Hall on Wednesday, August 28 at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. The meeting will run for one hour and tea and coffee will be available to guests.