Sunshine Coast kids use art to speak out for road safety
  • Monday 28 August 2017
Hayden Binnie with his wining artwork

Kids across the Sunshine Coast are leading the way to help all of us keep road safety at the front of our minds and behaviours.

Within the Queensland Police Service Adopt-a-Cop program, Sunshine Coast kids were given the opportunity to learn the importance of road safety and then interpret their most memorable message in an artwork.

Transport Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the result of those lessons was the “What’s Your Road Safety Message?” Road Safety Artwork Competition.

“My councillor colleagues and I studied more than 300 artworks between us to find the 12 best entries we thought really captured the importance of everyone taking action for road safety,” Cr Baberowski said.

“The calibre of the submissions was absolutely fantastic. It was really hard to choose just 12.

“I was honoured to announce the winners and proudly unveil the first council fleet vehicle kitted out with one of the several winning road safety messages straight from the minds and imaginations of our precious kids.”

Currimundi State School Year Two student Hayden was the first winner to see his “Don’t Speed!” road safety message on display.

Hayden shared the big reveal with his family and said it was awesome to see his picture so big and on the back of a car.

“I love to draw and had fun learning about road safety. I really wanted to draw a funky car that looked like it was going too fast,” he said.

“Mostly I’m looking forward to mum’s pizza to celebrate,” he said.

The remaining 11 artworks will be transferred to fleet vehicles in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled for them across the Sunshine Coast.

Cr Baberowski said he hoped the mobile messages would provide important prompts in the community to encourage everyone to start conversations about the importance of being mindful when they are on or close to roadways.

“We need to drive and ride safely for everyone’s safety,” he said.

The School Road Safety artwork competition project was made possible through a Community Road Safety Grant from the Department of Transport and Main Roads to encourage road safety conversations between police, the school community and local government.

The winners were:

  • Jayden – Nambour Special School
  • Geneva – Caloundra State School
  • Elise – Our Lady of the Rosary
  • Poppy – Currimundi Primary School
  • Sophie – Palmwoods State School
  • Timothy – Nambour Christian College
  • Ella – Our Lady of the Rosary Caloundra
  • Ella – Sunshine Coast Grammar School
  • Hayden – Currimundi Primary School
  • Bellah – Yandina State School
  • Holli – Yandina State School
  • Alana – Caloundra State School

 Photo caption: Currimundi State School Year Two student Hayden with his winning artwork.