Moving in the right directionLocal governments, workplaces, schools and individuals have been recognised at the 2020 Your Move Awards, which celebrate the success and achievements of those championing for Western Australians to walk, ride and use public transport more often.
Local governments, workplaces, schools and individuals have been recognised at the 2020 Your Move Awards, which celebrate the success and achievements of those championing for Western Australians to walk, ride and use public transport more often.
The Department of Transport’s (DoT) Executive Director Urban Mobility Justin McKirdy said the Awards were expanded this year to not only recognise participants of the Your Move program but also Western Australian Bicycle Network grant recipients delivering exemplary cycling and walking infrastructure projects all over the State.
“It was fantastic to formally recognise the way local and State government are working collaboratively to provide communities access to safer, more convenient active transport options,” Mr McKirdy said.
“Building paths for people to walk and ride, then encouraging communities to use these new paths is a vital part of our WA Bicycle Network Grants program so it’s important to showcase best practice examples and recognise those who do it well,” he said.
DoT’s Your Move program supports and encourages workplaces, schools and local communities to choose walking, riding and public transport more often and enjoy the health and environmental benefits these more active and sustainable transport options offer.
The program continues to grow, with 58 workplaces, 24 local governments and 171 schools across Western Australia now participating in Your Move.
Further, DoT is currently partnering with the City of Stirling to deliver its successful Your Move community program. Your Move Stirling launched in September and aims to help 16,000 City of Stirling residents to live a more active and connected lifestyle.
Mr McKirdy said the award winners demonstrated best practice across the areas of behaviour change, infrastructure design, construction, activation and evaluation in delivering their projects.
“I would like to congratulate the award winners, those shortlisted, and everyone involved in the Your Move and Western Australian Bicycle Network grants programs for helping to create more active, healthy and connected communities,” he said.
The winners of the 2020 Your Move Awards are:
- Your Move Achieve Award - Schools
Winner: Lake Gwelup Primary School
- Your Move Achieve Award - Local Government/Workplaces
Winner: City of Fremantle
- Your Move Innovate Award - Schools
Winner: Mt Lawley Primary School Traffic Management Group
- Your Move Innovate Award Local Government/Workplaces
Winner: Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council
- Your Move Champion – Schools, Individual
Winner: Julia Calvert, Winterfold Primary School
- Your Move Champion – Schools, Team
Winner: Warnbro Community High School Health and Wellbeing Team
- Your Move Champion - Local Government/Workplaces
Winner: City of Albany Green Team
- WA Bicycle Network Award – Regional Bike Network project
Winner: Shire of Kondinin, Hyden Shared Path
- WA Bicycle Network Award – Perth Bike Network project
Winner: City of Canning, Canning Route 1
To view the full list of award recipients and find out more about their achievements visit the Your Move website.
Please note further photographs are available upon request.
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Boat safety blitz to target flaresThe need to carry in-date flares when boating in open waters will be highlighted as part of a focus on safety at boat ramps to coincide with the start of summer.
The need to carry in-date flares when boating in open waters will be highlighted as part of a focus on safety at boat ramps to coincide with the start of summer.
Department of Transport (DoT) Marine Officers will lead two weekend-long campaigns targeting metropolitan boat ramps north and south of the river where all vessels are safety checked before they launch.
DoT Director Waterways Safety Chris Mather said there had been a concerningly high number of skippers (270) infringed or stopped from launching for expired flares or no flares already this financial year.
“Last year there was a total of 962 flare related infringements or turn-aways and while there has been a recent slight increase, of around four per cent, in the number of recreational vessels on the water it is a concerning trend,” Mr Mather said.
“In-date flares are required safety equipment for boating in open waters and skippers who fail to carry them are risking their lives.”
Officers will be inspecting vessels and reminding skippers their safety gear should be in good condition and accessible in an emergency. They will also be suggesting skippers and passengers take the 30 Second Challenge which tests readiness for an emergency response on board a vessel. The initiative tests if people can gather flares, EPIRB, make a radio call and don a lifejacket in 30 seconds.
The first weekend long campaign will focus on boat ramps from Woodman Point to Port Kennedy next weekend (November 28 and 29, 2020) and the second campaign, on December 12 and 13, will concentrate on launch sites from Hillarys Boat Harbour to Two Rocks.
For more information about boating safety visit the Marine section.
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Changes to Port Geographe management get green lightChanges have been made to coastal management at Port Geographe after community support for the majority of measures recommended to address ongoing seagrass wrack accumulation and beach erosion issues.
Changes have been made to coastal management at Port Geographe after community support for the majority of measures recommended to address ongoing seagrass wrack accumulation and beach erosion issues.
The Department of Transport (DoT) in partnership with the City of Busselton today released the final report for the Port Geographe Technical Working Group following an intense nine-month expert investigation of the performance of the reconfigured coastline which included community consultation.
The working group was formed in February this year following a commitment in late 2019 to assess the performance of the reconfigured structures and recommend actions to further improve performance.
DoT Director of Coastal Facilities Donna West said implementation had already commenced for two of the recommended changes to wrack dispersion and bypassing activities and four would be investigated further following consideration of the community feedback.
“There was strong support and mechanical wrack pushing commenced earlier this winter on the Western Beach before suitable storms to assist the natural flow, reduce accumulation and potentially reduce the amount of wrack entering the marina entrance channel,” Ms West said.
“Community support to reuse clean dredged sand from the offshore disposal area to improve Wonnerup Beach has already seen amendments to DoT’s dredging works to be completed later this year.
“There will be further investigation of a separate management plan to the Environmental Monitoring and Management Plan to address amenity targets at the Western Beach, low profile sandbag groynes on Western Beach to reduce local sand erosion, and reuse of seagrass wrack as a value-added resource.
“Additionally, community concern about the recommended trial of sand bypassing to Wonnerup Beach from the Western Beach has resulted in a decision to delay implementation for one year to allow for further investigation and liaison with the community.”
Ms West said the report recommendations would guide the works program at Port Geographe for the next five years.
“The overall feedback received from the community was very positive and identified new opportunities for further investigation,” Ms West said.
“DoT will continue to work closely with the City, to implement these changes and further examine recommendations from the working group, with the aim of delivering the best outcome for the local community.”
For a copy of the report visit the Port Geographe page.
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Scam text message - Suspended driver’s licence
The Department of Transport has been advised that some customers have received a text message stating they have a new MyGov message in relation to their driver’s licence being suspended due to demerit points.
This text message is not from the Department of Transport. If you receive this text message, do not click on any links in the message or open attachments from any emails.
You can safely check your demerit points via the Demerit points check tool. Customers who have their licence suspended due to accrual of demerit points are notified in person.
To report this scam or for more information on phishing attempts please visit the Scamwatch website.
Transport projects Building For TomorrowTransport projects Building for Tomorrow
Building For Tomorrow – an information campaign and supporting website – was launched yesterday and provides information and updates on the major road, rail, cycling and marina projects in planning, underway or fast-tracked across WA.
Transport infrastructure projects, including cycling projects, are a key component in the State’s economic recovery from COVID-19.
Additional funding has been secured and major transport projects have been fast-tracked to support local jobs and businesses and help build WA’s economy back up.
In the long-term these projects will better connect areas of Perth and the regions, offer more choice in how you want to travel, and keep pace with demand.
Your travel may be impacted while these projects are under construction.
Visit the Building For Tomorrow website for information and updates on these major infrastructure projects, how construction might impact your travel, and help you make informed travel choices.
Phone scamsThe Department of Transport is receiving multiple calls from the general public stating that they have just missed a call from the Department of Transport.
The Department of Transport is receiving multiple calls from the general public stating that they have just missed a call from the Department of Transport.
The call was not made from the Department of Transport, it’s a Government impersonation scam and one of the main ones we are seeing is the “money owed to the ATO”, it gains momentum around tax time each year.
If you receive a call it may potentially be a scam call, and you can report the issue via the Scamwatch website.
Further information about the Government impersonation scams can also be found via the Scamwatch website.