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Indigenous Road Safety Forum in Coffs Harbour



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Catherine King MP Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport

11 November 2010 CK002/2010

Indigenous Road Safety Forum In Coffs Harbour

URL: http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/ck/releases/2010/November/CK002_2010.htm

Improving road safety for the Indigenous Community is a key element of the Gillard Government’s goal of closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport said Indigenous Australians are around one and a half times more likely to be seriously hurt in road crashes and about three times more likely to be killed than non-Indigenous Australians.

Speaking at the Indigenous Road Safety Forum in Coffs Harbour aimed at putting the issue squarely in the spotlight, Ms King said road crashes claimed the lives of around 75 Aboriginal people each year and put nearly 1,000 more in hospital.

Ms King was joined at the forum by representatives from the Indigenous Road Safety Working Group, road safety researchers and experts, Indigenous community leaders, National Road Safety Council members, and many others, at the forum.

“This forum is about sharing new ideas for improving road safety for Indigenous people - together we can bring about real and lasting improvements.

“I encourage everyone to take time and effort to build close working relationships with Indigenous communities to make our roads and communities safer,” Ms King concluded.

“The Australian Government continues to lead a collaborative approach on road safety issues and a new ten-year National Road Safety Strategy developed by the Australian Government and state and territory governments will be released for public comment in the near future,” Ms King said.

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