Road safety, learner drivers and child restraints

Council's role in road safety awareness

Council is proud to be a strong advocate of Local Government's role in road safety awareness.

As a long-term member of the Local Government Road Safety Program, Council works with Roads and Maritime Services and key road safety stakeholders to address behavioural issues affecting road safety in our road environment. This program has proven to be a highly effective approach to raising awareness about road safety within the Dubbo and Wellington communities.

Commitment to the program is demonstrated by the employment of a Road Safety Officer (RSO) for the past 21 years. The RSO has effectively implemented many road safety campaigns addressing road safety issues impacting on our community.  Several campaigns have attracted national attention as role models for best practice and have been recognised with awards from key road safety stakeholders.

If you're looking for current event details and/or road safety tips then visit Road Safety Dubbo Gilgandra and Wellington Facebook page

Road safety campaigns

Council’s Road Safety Officer (RSO) is involved in many local projects throughout the year. By forming community partnerships, the RSO is able to provide professional road safety, events management and media assistance to community groups, identify funding opportunities for road safety projects and deliver community talks about key road safety issues affecting specific road user groups.


Fatigue driving campaigns

Free Cuppa for the Driver scheme comes to a close for 2017 but will certainly be back in 2018

The highly successful and award-winning driver fatigue campaign, Free Cuppa for the Driver has concluded for 2017.  The program which operates from 1 March to 31 May annually recently ended with prize draws being conducted by the Deputy Mayor of Leeton Shire Council, Clr George Weston on Thursday 15 June 2017 at 10.00 am at the Leeton Visitor Centre.

Pictured is Deputy Mayor, Clr George Weston with members of the Free Cuppa for the Driver team.

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Congratulations to the following prize winners:

1. Jessie Luchetti of Lithgow, NSW

Jessie is the winner of the 'Free Cuppa for the Driver' scheme's driver's prize. Jessie has won an Ipad and accessories. Jessie entered the prize draw at Poolside Cafe, Parkes.

2. Pilliga Café at Pilliga

The Pilliga Cafe is the winner of the 'Free Cuppa for the Driver' scheme's participating business prize and has won a voucher to the value of $300.

3. David Gee

David is the winner of the 'Free Cuppa for the Driver' scheme's selfie competition. David enjoyed a free cuppa at Café’ Cassaro, Balranald and has won fuel vouchers to the value of $200.

 Free Cuppa for the Driver is a successful initiative that allows drivers who have travelled more than 100 kms from their address (shown on their drivers licence) to qualify for a free cup of tea or coffee from a choice of 92 participating businesses in areas that stretch from the Queensland border down to the Victorian border in Central and South West NSW.

The seventh year of the multi-award winning ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ initiative was launched at the Old Dubbo Gaol on Wednesday 1 March and will run through until Wednesday 31 May in a bid to reduce fatigue related crashes on NSW roads.

The scheme was officially launched by Dubbo Regional Council's Administrator, Mr Michael Kneipp with guest speakers including Member for Dubbo, Mr Troy Grant, Acting Superintendent of the Orana Local Area Command, Mr Scott Tanner,  Coordinator of Regional NSW High Productivity Road Transport's Alliance, Mr John Morris and Dubbo business owner Mr Michael Dodd. Commissioner NSW Volunteer Rescue Association, Mr Mark Gibson ESM was also in attendance.

State Member for Dubbo, Mr Troy Grant and Road Safety Officers at the 2017 launch of Free Cuppa for the Driver in Dubbo

Fatigue is one of the biggest killers on NSW roads with it contributing to 72 fatal crashes in NSW over the last 12 months.

The Free Cuppa for the Driver initiative targets drivers travelling in areas where NSW highways and roads are the gateway to major cities, such as Melbourne and Brisbane. These highways include the Castlereagh, Golden, Great Western, Gwydir, Hume, Mitchell, Newell and Oxley.

Expressions of interest letters will be forwarded to local businesses in October 2017, however if you would like to register your business participation early then please go to and follow the Become a 2018 Free Cuppa provider link.


Free child car seat checking days

All children must be safely fastened in the correct child car seat for their age and size. A child who is properly secured in an approved child car seat is less likely to be injured or killed in a car crash than one who is not. A series of child restraint checking days are held in Dubbo and Wellington every year.  These free checking days are a great opportunity for parents, carers and key childcare stakeholders who wish to ensure their child car seats are fitted safely and correctly.  The free checking day is also a great place to learn about the latest child restraint regulations .  The Road Safety Officer is also available to deliver group presentations about the legislative changes. Check Upcoming Events for further details.

See the Child Car Seats website for detailed information.

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Helping learner drivers become safer drivers workshop

The Graduated Licence Scheme Workshops support parents and supervisors guide learner drivers through the journey from L to P1 and P2 licence phases. Two workshops are held in Dubbo per year as well as one workshop per year in Wellington. Check Upcoming Events on the home page or the Road Safety Dubbo Gilgandra and Wellington facebook page for details.

 Learner Driver Supervisor Workshop

Work on Driving Safely education kits

Council has developed a Work on Driving Safely education package containing information to assist employee drivers.  The information contained in the package may be useful to other organisations or individuals for induction and training of employees.

The kit includes:

  • the Safe Driving policy; 
  • a Work On Driving Safely glove-box booklet;
  • a Safe Driving Pledge (certificate);
  • an evaluation quiz about road safety and driving in country areas; and
  • fact sheets - mobile phone usage, speeding, roundabouts, child restraints, driver fatigue and drink driving;
  • a PowerPoint presentation - available upon request (large file).

More information

Contact Council's Road Safety Officer Jayne Bleechmore for more information, on 6801 4000.

Policy - Safe Driving (PDF 201.1KB) 

Glove Box Booklet - Work On Driving Safely (PDF 1.2MB)

Certificate - Driver Commitment to Fleet Safety (PDF 180.6KB)

Quiz - Work On Driving Safely (PDF 686.2KB)

Work On Driving Safely Fact Sheet - Speed (PDF 468.2KB) 

Work On Driving Safely Fact Sheet - Drink Driving (PDF 202.8KB)

Work On Driving Safely Fact Sheet - Driver Fatigue (PDF 199.2KB)

Work On Driving Safely Fact Sheet - Mobile Phones (PDF 172.1KB)

Last Edited: 22 Jun 2017