Road safety centre hoping to upgrade

SAFE: Students from Nicolson Avenue Primary School test their knowledge of road rules at the Whyalla Road Safety Centre.
SAFE: Students from Nicolson Avenue Primary School test their knowledge of road rules at the Whyalla Road Safety Centre.

The Whyalla Road Safety Centre are looking to make their lessons even more safe by giving their bitumen track a much-needed upgrade.

The group are hoping to secure $65,000 to improve the surface through the state government’s Fund My Neighbourhood project.

President Bet Henderson said the track had deteriorated over time, having first been established in 1978.

“The stones and tree roots are coming through the ground in different places. It’s getting pretty hard for the kids to push their bikes around,” she said.

“We’d really love to be able to improve the facility here.”

The organisation focuses on educating young children about safety on the road, specifically showing them how to obey traffic codes.

“In doing that we need to show them that our facilities are in good condition, we wouldn’t want the condition of the track to cause accidents,” Ms Henderson said.

“We need the community to know that when the kids do come here that the centre is a safe place for them to be, that they won’t be at risk.”

Kids are first shown an age-appropriate video about safety on the road which is followed by a questions and answers session. Then they take to the track on bicycles to demonstrate their understanding of road rules.

“We find that the kids end up picking mums and dads up on habits they might have on the road,” Ms Henderson said.

To vote for this project, head to the Fund My Neighbourhood website and select Whyalla on the map.