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Monday, 26 May 1997
Page: 3948


Mr MOSSFIELD —Mr Speaker, recently I had the opportunity of attending, at Prospect, the open day of the community and road education scheme. CARES is a joint program involving the New South Wales Police Service, the Roads and Traffic Authority and the Blacktown City Council. It aims to teach road safety to young school children in an interactive and safe environment.

CARES is a total road safety program developed to assist in the reduction of risk, injury and death of road users. CARES is devised specifically for school children in years four to eight. CARES instructors teach basic road rules and skills necessary to enable children to survive on the road and to enable them to become responsible road users.

The facility at Prospect is celebrating six years of service to the community through the provision of a comprehensive road safety education and behaviour program for young road users, including the key areas of bus, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and 72,000 children have already completed the program.

I congratulate the New South Wales Police Service, the New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority and the Blacktown City Council on the wonderful work they are doing in educating our young school children in road safety. Others in attendance included students from the Quakers Hill Public School in the electorate of Greenway; the Hon. Pam Allen, the New South Wales Minister for the Environment; the Hon. Richard Amery, the New South Wales Minister for Agriculture, and the Mayor of Blacktown, Charles Lowles.