Who is the Western Australian Local Government Association?
WALGA’s key focus is working for Local Government in Western Australia. As the peak industry body, WALGA advocates on behalf of 138 WA Local Governments and negotiates service agreements for the sector. WALGA’s RoadWise Program communicates and engages with Local Governments in WA, who collectively employ more than 12,000 staff and manage a fleet of around 15,000 vehicles. WALGA’s RoadWise also works with government agencies, community groups and local businesses to identify and address local road safety issues.
What does road safety mean to the Western Australian Local Government Association?
The Western Australian Local Government Association’s (WALGA) RoadWise Program was established in 1994 as the Local Government and Community Road Safety Program for WA. RoadWise works to build the capacity of Local Governments, the community and other agencies to effectively deliver road safety initiatives aligned to Towards Zero, WA’s road safety strategy 2008 – 2020. WALGA’s RoadWise is funded by the Government of Western Australia and supported by Local Governments.
Supporting Actions Delivered By the Western Australian Local Government Association
- In 2015 WALGA shared the NRSPP Driver Headspace research survey through WA and its members.
- Continuously promotes all of NRSPP’s webinars and relevant material to its members.
- Partner of the HOV Working Group and has continued to progress researching and understanding the risk of HOV to its members and develop recommendations to mitigate them.
- An active partner of the Suicide in Road Transport Project by:
- attending all meetings and active feedback on finalising the Stage 1 research project
- volunteering to be part of the Stream 4 selection panel for selecting which projects would be successful for Stream 4. a. Impacts on Third Parties and Stream 4.b. Barriers to Interventions.
Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA)'s Contributions to the NRSPP & Points of Contact
- Program Partners
- Working Group – Suicide in Road Transport
- High Occupancy Vehicle
- Terri-Anne PettetManager RoadWise ProgramCommencement Date: 08/02/2017Sector: Local Governmentwww.roadwise.asn.au
Why become a Program Partner?
- The National Road Safety Partnership Program (operating at a national level) and WALGA’s RoadWise (operating at the local level) have common and complementary road safety objectives,
- Partnerships can strengthen and add credibility to the contemporary road safety approaches (eg safe system), and
- Consistently reinforce road safety messages.
What are WALGA’s NRSPP road safety commitments and by when?
Road Safety Commitment
1. Promote the National Road Safety Partnership Program to Local Governments and the RoadWise network in WA, through existing and opportunistic communication channels. Periodically from February 2017 2. Refer Local Governments and members of the RoadWise network to the National Road Safety Partnership Program, where relevant. As appropriate from February 2017 3. Share knowledge and facilitate opportunities to showcase examples of good practice in Local Government and/or community-based road safety. Where relevant from February 2017
- Terri-Anne PettetManager RoadWise Program
In 2017, NRSPP held the inception co-design workshop for Suicide in Road Transport (SiRT) which WALGA attended and actively contributed to. WALGA has continued as a partner of the SiRT National Working Group since it was started.
WALGA has continued to contribute to SiRT which is now in stage 2 with a major national project funded by Austroads and being delivered collaboratively by NRSPP.
WALGA volunteered to be part of the selection panel for Stream 4 Research in identifying which proposals would be successful for:
- Stream 4.a. Impacts on Third Parties
- Stream 4.b. Barriers to Interventions
- Terri-Anne PettetManager RoadWise Program
WALGA has worked with its members to explore the size and risk of HOV to them. WALGA actively participated in the HOV and is currently finalised a piece of research which explore the topic and makes recommendations on best for its members to reduce their risk exposure.
The HOV working group was placed in Maintenance mode when only two partners with these vehicles were willing to participate in potential research projects to understand the risk and develop solutions.