Bike safety with a difference in Nhulunbuy

13 February 2014
For the third year running a BBQ was held to celebrate the end of another successful bike helmet safety campaign.
Snr Sergeant Muldoon with major prize winner Jacob Merry
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Police in the remote community had identified that many of the community’s kids did not wear bicycle helmets when riding around the town and at the skate park.

This prompted the Officer in Charge of Nhulunbuy Police, Senior Sergeant Brendan Muldoon, to commence a positive engagement campaign which rewarded kids for wearing the protective equipment rather than punishing them for not doing so, fast forward three years and the campaign is still going strong.

Snr Sgt Muldoon praised the community for backing the effort.

 “There was an amazing amount of community support, which was identified on the town’s Facebook page 'Nhulunbuy Notice Board’,” he said.

“The local school also actively supported the campaign which provided extra weight to its importance.”

Local businesses this year donated over $2,000 in prizes.

During the school holidays, when Police saw children with their helmets on they were rewarded with a raffle ticket and told they were in the running for the major prize this year of an iPod. More than 600 raffle tickets were handed out.

“During that time there was a very obvious increase in the number of children wearing helmets,” Snr Sgt Muldoon said.

“In addition, children began dropping into the Police Station to let us know they were wearing their helmets. At times, the kids would also flag Police down as we drove down past in the hope of getting a raffle ticket.”

Police, kids, parents and business owners gathered at the Nhulunbuy Police Station on Friday, 31st January to congratulate the winner of a six-week long campaign and raffle, which rewarded kids for taking bicycle safety seriously.

NT Police would like to thank the following businesses/organisations for their support:

Anglicare, Rotary, Gove Boat Club, Nhulunbuy Corporation Limited, LJ Hooker, Lynne Walker MLA, Woolworths and local resident Matthew Sanford.

Photographs thanks to Arafura Times.