Rural safety workshops for local students

31 August 2018

Safety in rural areas was the focus for students at Biddeston State School as New Hope Group (NHG) and RACQ LifeFlight Rescue delivered the first of their new round of rural safety workshops.

The school workshops are designed to help build rural safety confidence and specifically first response skills and practical safety lessons for school-age students.

New Hope Community Liaison Bec Meacham said the workshops were part of a concerted effort by NHG and LifeFlight to improve rural safety outcomes in the communities around New Acland Mine.

“New Hope is passionate about supporting our youth to give serious attention and awareness to their own safety, and the safety of others when they’re in rural environments,” Bec said.

“We’re aiming to educate our youth on how best to respond in rural emergencies and we believe developing these skills from a young age is really important to securing long term safety outcomes for our local area.

“A lot of local families live rurally and even those who live in town will usually travel frequently on rural roads."

“Because of this we are passionate about instilling safety values, which is a core New Hope focus, in our local kids from a young age.”

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue’s Karen Laws said the workshops deliver hands-on activities and simulations aimed at recognising hazards, treating basic injuries and contacting emergency services.

“It can often take emergency services quite a long time to attend an accident in a rural area, so helping our community to develop first-response skills can really make a big difference,” Karen said.

“We hope that building rural safety skills in local kids will influence their behaviour and safety awareness as they get older."

“The workshops are a fun and hands-on environment. For younger students this means activities aimed at recognising hazards like spider bites and snakes, while older students are offered the opportunity to build more comprehensive skills like CPR training.”