Road Safety Strategy “Towards Zero”

Last year 249 people died on Victorian roads last year and more than 5,000 were seriously injured – some of these people will never make a full recovery. All of these people have family and friends whose lives have been affected by their crash.

Despite improvements in the way roads and cars are built to make them safer, and improved driver education and behaviour, the number of people killed and seriously injured on Victorian roads has been similar for the last few years. The new Road Safety Strategy aims to include actions that will see death and trauma on our roads decline Towards Zero.

Anyone can participate through this online form which has been designed in collaboration with the Victorian Road Safety Partnership Agencies and Wallis Market and Social Research (our privacy policy is here) – specialists whose operations are entirely based in Melbourne who will receive and analyse all the information.

Your answers will be confidential and it will take you about 15 minutes to give us feedback – depending on the amount of detail you give in your answers. If you have any questions about this please contact us at 1800 113 444, by email us at or call the AMSRS SurveyLine 1300 364 830.

Thank you for participating and helping to make Victorian roads safer for everyone!

Further information can be found here

To go to the survey site please click here

Mentor Gathering 24 May 2015

Mentor Gathering 24 May 2015

1. Beth’s Speech

Hello and welcome all,

Thank you for coming tonight. I think it’s important to get together and share stories and hear about the experiences of being part of Baw Baw L2P.

We’ve been in existence since October 2008. The first group of 14 volunteers completed their training in July 2009. There are some folk here tonight from that original group…and still mentoring…..amazing!

We have had a range of funding sponsorship & in-kind support from:

*VicRoads / TAC   * Andrews Foundation  *Trafalgar, Neerim & Drouin Community Bank Branches   *Federal Labour Govt Volunteer Grant   *Barry Bourke Warragul *Baw Baw Shire Council (twice)  *Viva Easy Living *Warragul Rotary *DCSI   *Victoria Police *Warragul Panels *Luciano’s *Quirks Real Estate *Maloney’s Pizzas * Alberto’s Pizzas *Dept of Human Services   *Gary Blackwood’s office   *Warragul Gazette *Gippsland Septic Tanks *Jana Living   *CupandGino   *Autobarn Warragul   *Phoenix Screenprinting   *Saferoads   *Gippsland RoadSafe *In2Food  *Wild Dog Winery *Voyage Fitness *lawyer John Davine   *private donations from families   *Walhalla Heritage & Development League

Our ‘gathering’ tonight includes current & past Mentors, RACV Drive School Instructor Extraordinaire Mark Cantwell, VicRoads area manager Mick O’Keefe, Murray Cook – a Mentor and Baw Baw Shire Councillor, several people who will be joining the ranks after completing training in mid-July, spouses, best friends, musician & nephew Brendan Lloyd and his partner Sarah and my marvellous daughter Jacqui Lloyd.

I have some figures for our program in the last 12 months

Number of Learners active:        47

Total hours driven by Learners: 1,135

Professional lessons:                     103

P’s gained 14….making:                77 altogether


Number of Mentors active:         41

Total hours supervised:                1,074

..with RACV Instructors:              25.25hrs

Terry le Lievre – 22     David Osterlund – 26                      Helene Cunningham – 30  Dee Crosby & Lynette Vaughan – 38        Bill Renwick – 49   Fred Clarke – 58 Fred Everett – 68       Peter Sutton 79 (and he Mentors at Dandenong L2P!!) John Beauchamp – 97

Unknown Information (at this time):

Blue Spark …………..kms

White Barina ……….kms

Before handing over to Greg Walker, and then drawing the winners of our raffle, I’d like to finish up with a poem, entitled “DAFFODILS”…..

2. Beth’s Poem:

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils)

(Updated from Wordsworth’s 1804 version by a Ms Carr of Warragul, 2015)

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high over West Gippsland

When all at once I saw a cloud

A host, of golden volunteers

Beside the lake, beneath the trees

Fluttering and dancing with their P’s.

The Learner beside them drove; but they

Out-did the kids in glee

A Coordinator could not but be happy

In such a jocund company

I gazed – and gazed- but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought

For oft, when on my chaise-longue I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood

You all appear unto my mind

And interrupt my solitude

But then my heart with pleasure fills

And dances with you silly dills