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A PROJECT which aims to alert vis-
itors to Phillip Island to the fact that
they are entering a relaxed holiday
destination in a unique environment
has been running through the sum-
The message “Reset the Clock -
you’re on island time” greeted travel-
lers on the Phillip Island Tourist Road
during the holiday season as they ap-
proached the Information Centre at
This long-term project, initiated by
the Phillip Island Integrated Trans-
port Study Community Reference
Group (PIITS CRG) is being support-
ed by Destination Phillip Island (DPI),
VicRoads and the Bass Coast Shire
With the annual influx of visitors to
the region, and roads, streets and re-
serves at capacity during peak travel
times, the project aimed to present
prominent messages locally to alert
drivers, cyclists and pedestrians
to consider how they travel, in the
unique environment they are entering.
Representatives from Victoria Po -
lice, BCSC, PIITS CRG, Phillip Island
RSL and Destination Phillip Island
developed a range of messages and
a way to display these at a workshop
held late last year.
Kim Storey, General Manager Des-
tination Phillip Island, worked with
VicRoads to deliver the first range
of messages now appearing locally,
which also embrace the VicRoad’s
’Travel Happy - Share the Road’ cam-
“We didn’t want to invent a new
program. We embraced the “Travel
Happy - Share the Road” concept and
personalised it to suit our region,”
“With the support of VicRoads we
have linked the campaign with local
messages and imagery, to our own en-
Recently the Vic Roads “Travel
Happy – Share the Road” team spent
a day in Cowes, sharing information
and tips on how to travel happily and
safely during the holiday period.
The team also distributed promo-
tional material and chatted with over
500 locals and holiday makers in
The awareness project will be ongo-
ing and it is hoped that it has a posi-
tive impact on visitors and locals alike
so take the time to enjoy the journey
as well as the destination!
RECREATIONAL riders and motor-
ists taking the opportunity to enjoy
the warm, fine weather in late sum-
mer and early autumn, to get out on
the road are being encouraged to look
out for one another to avoid tragedy.
The Transport Accident Commis-
sion (TAC) push comes after 11 cy-
clists lost their lives in Victoria last
year, the highest number since 2006,
when 14 riders were killed.
TAC acting chief executive Tony
Dudley said motorists could expect
to see large amounts of cyclists set-
ting out to make the most of the holi-
days and warm weather.
“Now, more than ever, it’s vital that
cyclists and motorists look out for
one another,” Mr Dudley said.
“While drivers are encouraged to
keep a safe distance from cyclists,
riders can also play their part by
wearing highly visible clothing, safe
footwear and, of course, helmets.
“Tragically, we’ve seen a second
successive rise in lives lost on Vic-
torian roads in 2014 and 2015, and
this is reflected in cyclist fatalities
(11, up from 10, up from 6).
“Road safety is a shared responsi-
bility and, together, we can achieve
our goal of zero deaths and serious
For every cyclist killed, there are
dozens more who are hospitalised
with serious injuries from crashes.
In the 12 months to the end of May,
there were 408 TAC claims lodged by
riders sent to hospital, 38 of whom
needed stays of more than a fortnight
before returning home.
Mr Dudley said cycling’s growing
popularity, Victoria’s escalating pop-
ulation and rising vehicle registra-
tions were all reasons for a concern-
ing increase in cyclist road trauma.
The TAC recently partnered with
former Tour de France champion
and cycling legend Cadel Evans in
his Great Ocean Road Race to get the
message about safe cycling out there.
Evans is a passionate road safety
advocate and, with the TAC, urged
riders and motorists to share re-
sponsibility for each other’s safety.
Take it easy, you’re
on island time!
VicRoads staff set up on the Cowes foreshore recently to promote its Travel Happy, Share the Road campaign.
Riders and motorists
asked to take care
Recreational riders and motor-
ists getting out and about, enjoying
the late summer and early autumn
weather are being encouraged to look
out for one another to avoid tragedy.
THE State Government will be put-
ting more money back into young
drivers’ wallets by rewarding safe
young drivers with a free licence.
From last week, young drivers
who complete both their red and
green probationary periods with no
traffic offences or demerit points
will be rewarded for their safe driv-
ing practices with a free three year
The licence, worth $76, will be
awarded to drivers when they receive
their full licence for the first time.
As well as having a good driving re-
cord, drivers must be issued a proba-
tionary licence before the age of 21 to
be eligible for the scheme.
In addition, the tender for the de-
sign and development of the $24.4
million Practical Safe Driving Pro-
gram is being advertised.
The program will provide beginner
drivers and supervising drivers with
the foundations for safe driving, help-
ing to support and enhance Victoria’s
Graduated Licensing System.
The program will be available for
all Year 10 students and will involve
both in-car and in-classroom compo-
nents, and link with the school cur-
ricula in Victoria.
It will begin to be rolled out in
schools from mid-2017.
Young and inexperienced drivers
face the greatest risk on our roads,
with road crashes continuing to be
one of the leading causes of death for
young people aged 18 to 25 years.
Both the Free Licence Scheme
and the Practical Safe Driving Pro-
gram are being delivered through the
Young Driver Safety Package, a suite
of five road safety initiatives targeted
at improving the safety of these vul-
nerable road users.
Free licence for safe young drivers
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