Lismore City Council took out the Local Government Award category at Wednesday night’s Australian Road Safety Awards.
Lismore City Council, represented at the awards by road safety officer Lisa Marshall, responded to a high rate of car crashes in its area by producing its ‘Drive to Conditions’ project.
It taught drivers to analyse road conditions and adjust speed and behaviour accordingly.
By reviewing crash data, the council was able to identify its 10 most dangerous roads and the demographic groups who were most likely to crash and target the project accordingly.
‘We worked closely with our local police to get a 15 per cent reduction in speeds on those top 10 roads and we have maintained that,’ Marshall said.
‘For Transport for NSW to recognise our project is the biggest tick we could’ve got.
‘There are so many great road safety projects out there, so many people doing really good things.’
Centre for Road Safety general manager Marg Prendergast said, ‘Transport for NSW (TfNSW) was proud to sponsor the local government initiative category of the awards.
‘I was impressed by the finalists’ range of projects that have been undertaken across local governments.
‘We know local government has a critical role within NSW in delivering specific projects to address road safety in their local communities.
‘The Lismore City Council project is a great example of this.’
The award was sponsored by Transport for NSW’s Centre for Road Safety.