South Gippsland Shire Council, Vic, for Gippsland Safe Freight Network—Transcript

[Music plays and text appears on screen: Gippsland Safe Freight Network, South Gippsland Shire Council, VIC. Excellence in Road Safety CATEGORY WINNER. Australian Coat of Arms appears with text: Australian Government. Logo and text appears on the bottom right of screen: National Awards 2015 for Local Government]

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John Ernst: South Gippsland is down where Wilsons Promontory is. It's heavy reliant on the freight industry, because we don't have a rail network into the place.

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We don't even have any freeways into the place.

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So we were having one rollover every second week, which was way beyond anything that we'd ever seen in the state before.

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So they were very, very concerned.

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The confidence in the community was quite shattered as a result, so we needed to rebuild that confidence.

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The police were doing their job on individual truck drivers. We also had Vic Roads doing enforcement on truck drivers. We had individual companies attempting to do isolated pockets of safety for their drivers.

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So everything was being done, but it was all quite fragmented. This program brings the freight industry, the local government, state, federal and law enforcement, all around the table.

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So we wanted to develop a model that would allow people to actually discuss the freight task and how to make it safer, so that everyone got home safely.

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We went from one rollover a fortnight to probably two or three a year in the first 12 months, [chuckles] so it was a massive turnaround.

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There's lots of other things that can evolve out of this.

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I mean we've even got a working party now looking at how they can develop career pathways for young people into the trucking industry.

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And that's why when we're coming to collect the awards that we'll be bringing some of the industry players with us to be part of sharing that thing that they've done.

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[Text appears on screen: Gippsland Safe Freight Network, South Gippsland Shire Council, VIC. Excellence in Road Safety CATEGORY WINNER. Australian Coat of Arms appears with text: Australian Government. Logo and text appears on the bottom right of screen: National Awards 2015 for Local Government]

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Last Updated: 18 June, 2015