Project NIGHT LIFE was nominated in the sixth annual Australian Road Safety Awards presented by Caltex, held in Melbourne on March 22.
The Project NIGHT LIFE team were finalists in the following four categories:
- Community Programs Award
- School Programs Award
- Innovation Award
- State Government Initiatives Award
Project NIGHT LIFE was piloted in November 2013, and focused on preparing year 12 students to transition to the next lifestyle stage. The aim was to inform participants about road safety and personal safety in various environments, and to educate them on the consequences that may arise when things go wrong. NIGHT LIFE represents Noise, ID, Good Behaviour, Health, Transport, Liquor, Infringements, Friends and Entertainment.
Our achievements and outcomes would not be possible without the partnerships and relationships we’ve built and the cohesiveness of the multi-agency team. These relationships have allowed for collaboration between a large number of stakeholders in the local community including the Queensland Police Service; Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services; Bundaberg Bargara Liquor Accord; BRIDGES Recovery for Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol; MRH Lawyers; and local media.
Through this initiative, Project NIGHT LIFE, have been able to directly engage with over 400 students, teachers and facilitators. This has allowed Project NIGHT LIFE to increase community exposure to these important issues, reaching the broader community through media publicity, school newsletters, and by initiating discussions between peers and teachers.
Feedback from participants and stakeholders has continually demonstrated the positive effects that this initiative have had on the community, however funding for the innovative Project NIGHT LIFE initiative has unfortunately been exhausted. We’ll endeavour to search for funding to allow the program to continue and progress further, as all of the partners in this initiative aim to help as many students as possible now and into the future.