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