School to teach road safety

The first Road Safety School in WA is expected to be established at the Constable Care building in Maylands by next year.
School to teach road safety
The first Road Safety School in WA is expected to be established at the Constable Care building in Maylands by next year.

The Constable Care Child Safety Foundation received a $950,000 Lotterywest grant last month to establish the facility at its 6000sq m headquarters on Sixth Avenue.

Chief executive David Gribble said WA had the highest State road toll in Australia and children made up a disproportionate number of the deaths, particularly around school zones.

�We need to address this issue urgently and we hope the development of this early-intervention centre will enable children to be more aware of their surroundings and other road users and to allow them to develop safer travel behaviours,� he said.

The centre will recreate Perth�s streets with scale buildings, working rail platforms and crossings, traffic lights and intersections so children aged 4-11 can practice road and public transport safety skills in a realistic environment.

Up to 30,000 children are expected to take part annually in learning programs at the facility, with 150 visiting each day to learn and practice pedestrian, bike, scooter, rail and public transport, personal and home safety skills.

A community fundraising campaign over the past year-and-a-half secured support from Brookfield Rail, Quadrant Energy, Bendigo Bank and Lotterywest, raising $1.7 million of the $2.1 million needed to build the centre.

Key stakeholders, including the WA Education Department, School Drug Education and Road Aware, Transperth, Bicycling WA and KidSafe WA, are helping develop the curriculum.