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Aboriginal Driving Stories

Lismore City Council

The Driving Stories project was a road safety resource (booklet of short stories for children up to age 12) developed to address the number of incidents and fatalities involving Aboriginal people in our local community, increasing awareness and educating our local Indigenous youth about road safety in an attempt to save lives. The project was developed by Lismore City Council in conjunction with the Bundjalung Elders Council Aboriginal Corporation with support from RMS (Centre for Road Safety), NSW Police - Richmond LAC Highway Patrol, community members and local media. The aim of the project was to target the younger generation so they will continue to feed the message through to the elders in the community possibly creating a shift in cultural behaviour towards road safety. By making this a resource for young children up to the age of 12 it also encouraged the elders to take part by reading the stories to make it an experience they can share. The key to successfully developing this resource was working closely with the Aboriginal community so this became a resource which was designed BY Aboriginal people FOR Aboriginal people. This not only gave the resource more credibility but it made sure that all cultural aspects were covered. Through having the support of the Aboriginal Elders it meant they endorsed the booklet and its ideals resulting in them encouraging the use of the booklet within the community. The road safety booklet addresses the following key issues. • Not wearing seatbelts • Driving without a licence • Overloading in cars • Drink Driving / Walking • Dangerous Driving • Speeding


Sponsored by National Road Safety Council

Contact name: Mrs Lisa Marshall
Contact position: Project Officer
Contact address: PO Box 23A
Contact phone: (02) 6625 0426
Contact fax:
Contact email: lisa.marshall@lismore.nsw.gov.au
Council's web site: http://www.lismore.nsw.gov.au

Excellence in Road Safety :

This award recognises councils that have implemented effective and innovative initiatives to improve road safety in their communities.

Visit the sponsor's web site: www.nrsc.gov.au


Last Updated: 17 October, 2013