23.3 C
Byron Shire
February 24, 2024

Drugs, driving and alcohol: students learn the RRISK

Latest News

Lighthouse Road

The section from the bus stop on Lighthouse Road to the divide of the road to Byron Bay, is...

Other News

Non-alcohol options

Whether you’re going alcohol-free for a period, or just managing your consumption, the better your non-alcoholic drink tastes, the more likely you are to stick to your strategy. While I’m not a big beer drinker, at my local pub I’ll always grab a beer, and the other night I found the Hiatus Non-Alcoholic Pacific Ale, with its classic tropical aromas, but a little bitterness, perfect for the warm summer evening.

Cartoon of the week – 21 February, 2024

Send to Letters Editor Aslan Shand, email: [email protected], fax: 6684 1719 or mail to The Letters Editor, The Echo, 6 Village Way, Mullumbimby, 2482, NSW, Australia.

‘Mandatory’ pesticide spraying deferred at Bruns pod village

Flood-affected residents have had a last-minute reprieve by the NSW Reconstruction Authority, who had planned to spray controversial pesticides at the Bruns pod village.

Government amends Biosecurity (Fire Ants) Emergency Order

As the spread of fire ants into the north of the state becomes more apparent, the NSW Government has made amendments to the Biosecurity (Fire Ants) Emergency Order in an attempt to stem fire ant migration.

Save Wallum protesters celebrate community support

A localised community campaign against development on ecologically sensitive land at Brunswick Heads continues, with more than 300 protestors said to have been on site over the weekend.

Koala chlamydia and Wildlife Hospital funding boost for Northern Rivers

As the pressure mounts from the NSW Labor state government to increase the amount and density of housing, and as a result increase the population, across the Northern Rivers the impact on wildlife will continue to grow. 

At RRISK, students learn how to focus and avoid distractions while driving. Photo contributed
At RRISK, students learn how to focus and avoid distractions while driving. Photo contributed

More than 4,500 year 11 students from 52 high schools across the north and mid north coasts will attend 10 RRISK (Reduce Risk Increase Student Knowledge) seminars during November.

In the seminars young people learn and practice strategies to manage alcohol, drugs and driving risks, according to Kelly Williams from Northern NSW Health Promotion

Seminars focus on the key messages of ‘plan ahead, know the facts, make an informed decision and look after your friends’, she added.

‘Students will learn practical skills such as how to stay safe when out partying, how to look after drunk friends and how to prevent and manage distractions as drivers and passengers,’ Ms Williams said.

This year’s program includes a revised young drivers’ session, which builds on lessons learnt from previous years, according to Alana Brooks, Road Safety Officer from Tweed Council and a RRISK committee member.

It incorporates film, audience interaction and interviews with road safety experts.

‘We want to encourage the Year 11 students to think about the moments of choice that face them as drivers and passengers, as well as the different ways they can respond to these moments of choice,’ Ms Brooks said.

The key messages we focus on are planning ahead, driving experience, managing mobile phones and passengers’ distractions, and driving to conditions,’ she added.

Keynote speaker Paul Dillon, who works for Drug and Alcohol Research Australia and is a frequent commentator on youth drug issues on Triple J, will also be presenting free seminars on alcohol and other drugs for parents and adults working with adolescents.

The seminars are on Tuesday, November 24, 4-6pm, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 116 Racecourse Road Murwillumbah.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

4,000 failed

I attended the flood forum held at the Ballina RSL last Monday and was aghast to hear some of the facts presented. 4,000 people...

Knitting Nannas get behind Save Wallum campaign

With porcelain tea cups, lace-covered tables and plenty of knitting the Knitting Nannas Against Greed (KNAG) headed to the basecamp of the Save Wallum...

NPWS wants to remove beach nudity option

For 26 years, Tyagarah Beach has been an oasis for the region’s naturist community – a space where bodies of all shapes and sizes could roam free without threat of fines or reprimands.

‘Key workers’ removed from Ballina Council’s housing project as Mayor seeks full market rents

Essential workers were the losers at the recent Ballina Council meeting when councillors actively removed the category for ‘key workers’ from their development of rental housing on land it owns in Wollongbar.