Community safety success in Nhulunbuy

26 February 2015
Kids, parents, community members and Police gathered at the Nhulunbuy Police Station last week for announcement of the winner of their annual Road Safety Campaign.
Acting OIC George Watkinson with winner Deakan Muchow
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Police Officers identified children who were wearing helmets, following the road rules and encouraging their family and friends to wear seatbelts in the car were given a ticket to go into the draw to win prizes. A community BBQ was held to announce the winners and give out the community donated prizes last week.

What began as an initiative to encourage kids to wear helmets over the school holidays has grown to incorporate bike and road safety, stared in 2011 by the then Officer in Charge (OIC) Sergeant Brendan Muldoon it was also  a positive way for police to engage with youth in the community.  

“The community really gets behind and supports the initiative, with all kids from Nhulunbuy, Yirrkala and Ski Beach participating and prizes being donated by community businesses each year.

“The school actively supports the campaign which has provided extra weight to the importance of safety on and around our roads,” Sergeant Muldoon said.  

“It runs for around eight weeks over Christmas, Police Officers give tickets out to kids wearing helmets, wearing seatbelts and following the road rules, it’s a really positive incentive for the kids and we’ve had loads of positive feedback,” Acting OIC George Watkinson said.

Photos courtesy of Arafura Times.