More than 100 local farmers attended the load restraint village tour sessions at 12 locations across the Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Council areas last month.
The practical sessions featured displays, case studies, how to videos and presentations from NSW Police, Transport for NSW Heavy Vehicle Inspectors, Safework NSW and NSW Health’s Rural Mental Health Adversity Program.
The sessions formed part of the ‘Load Restraint Education Project’ which targets the safe transportation of hay bales, machinery and general freight.
“We held sessions in Trundle, Kiacatoo, Alectown, Wirrinya, Derriwong, Tullibigeal, Bedgerebong, Tullamore, Peak Hill, Totten-ham, Lake Cargelligo and Burcher,” said Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Coun-cils’ Road Safety and Injury Prevention Officer Melanie Suitor.
“Numbers were good at most of the sessions, the participants were really engaged and we know that they will share what was discussed with their network.
“Safework NSW spoke about their current focus on the freight industry and some of the rebates on offer to small businesses and farmers. Phil Worrad from the Rural Mental Health Adversity Program gave attendees tips on how to look after themselves and their mates.”
All attendees received a load restraint pack containing the Load Restraint Guide 2018, fact sheets, links to the project’s videos and other useful information.
The winner of the lucky door prize was Rachel Harding who attended the session at Tottenham. She won an Engel thermo15 worth $190.
The post campaign quiz is now live and can be accessed at https://forms.office.com/r/c4xXmj0J8s.
Test your load restraint knowledge and you could win $500 worth of load restraint equipment. Entries close at 5pm on Monday, 5th July and the winner will be announced on Tuesday, 6th July.
The project is an initiative of Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan Shire Councils’ Road Safety Program.