SOME of the state’s top police will be in Warrnambool today to hear from a group of the city’s young leaders.
A car wreck will be displayed at the Warrnambool police station as part of the Under 25s Road Safety Challenge urging young people to take care on the roads.
The three teams involved in the challenge will present their work to Assistant Commissioners Robert Hill (road policing command), Jack Blaney (western region command) and Tracey Linford (intelligence and covert support command), along with human resource department group director Andrew Loader and Acting Superintendent Don Downs, the divisional commander of western region division two.
Project director Russ Goodear said it was well known that young drivers were at greater risk of being injured or killed on the roads.
“The aim of the challenge is for the outcomes to have a clear and measurable improvement on the local community road trauma incidents and statistics,” he said.
“This is a leadership and team development program like no other — where participants are held accountable to actually make a positive difference to our community.”
The car wreck, which was this week revealed at Cannon Hill, has been described by group team leader Sinead Medew-Ewen, 19, as a 3D billboard which she hoped had an element of shock.
“Often when there is a car crash the car is taken away pretty quickly and the scene is cleaned up,” she said.
“It’s not like this is an issue that is going away.”
Ms Medew-Ewen said the car wreck displayed slogans created by people under 25.
“When we were putting the display up a couple of people pulled up and said it was really fantastic,” she said.
The car was at Cannon Hill until yesterday and will be at the Warrnambool police station today for the open day. It will then be at the Warrnambool breakwater from Monday, October 14, for five days.
Ms Medew-Ewen said being part of the project had been a great learning experience.
She said even if the project hadn’t affected the wider community the group members had learnt a lot.
“I never texted and drove, but I would change songs on my iPod,” she said.
“It has definitely changed my view on the way I drive. I hope it changes other people’s views and the way they drive.”
A team of 23 under 25s were selected to participate in the challenge and given 150 days to make a difference.
Team members have also worked on TV commercials and a social media campaign.
The car wreck and billboard were prepared with the support of the Warrnambool SES unit.
Members of the public are invited to attend the police station open day from 10am today.