Council and communities collaborate to make holiday safety message a priority
  • Saturday 20 December 2008

Sunshine Coast residents and visitors can feel safer this holiday season, thanks to the collaboration between Council and its community partners to drive home the message of safety over the summer holidays.

Councillor Christian Dickson launched the campaign at the Mooloolaba Surf Club today, emphasising the key message to ensure we all ‘make this season one to remember – not one to forget!’

Cr Dickson said the Sunshine Coast Holiday Safety Campaign was about working together with the community to promote beach, water, road, alcohol, neighbourhood and transport safety and self-responsibility.

“The Holiday Safety Campaign is ultimately about promoting a diverse range of activities to strengthen the social sustainability of our communities here on the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Dickson said.

“2008 has brought with it the historic first term of the newly amalgamated Sunshine Coast Regional Council which has provided us with an opportunity to work across the entire region.

“And I’m proud to announce that the Holiday Safety Campaign is the first official program to do this.”

Community partners involved in the campaign include: QLD Police, QLD Transport, Translink, Lifeguards, Sunbus, Sunshine Coast Cabs, Surf Lifesavers, TravelSmart, Liquor Licensing, CALM Sunshine Coast Taskforce, Street Angels and Street Reach.

Executive Director Community Services, Lisbet Dean said she saw a real opportunity to work closely with community partners regionally for the first time ever to deliver a safety campaign that makes a difference.

“It made sense for Council to bringing together QLD Police and the other important players in holiday safety from across the community to coordinate the campaign,” Ms Dean said.

Community partner and representative of the Queensland Police Service, Superintendent Ben Hanbidge said the goal for the Holiday Safety Campaign is to lower the number of recorded incidents for accidents, crime and public unrest over the holiday period.

“The secondary goal for the campaign is to increase participation in safe activities,” Superintendent Hanbidge said.

Together, Council and its community partners have developed a free holiday activities and events calendar for all residents and visitors. Copies of the calendar were inserted in many of the community newspapers this week and next as well as in the Sunshine Coast Daily this past Wednesday.

Some 140,000 of these calendars have been printed for locals and visitors to take advantage of some of the 138 events listed over December to late January. All events are designed to be enjoyed in safe, family friendly environments.

As well as making its way into tens of thousands of coast homes, this calendar will be available at more than 50 council venues including our libraries from Beerwah to Kenilworth and Caloundra to Noosa, all of Council’s customer service centres and visitor information centres. You’ll also find them at local entertainment centres, aquatic centres, galleries and caravan parks, and even through Council’s Child Care centres in Caloundra and Noosa.

For more information on the Holiday Safety Campaign visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.