TrackSAFE's latest newsletter: September 2015
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September 2015

TrackSAFE is a not-for-profit, rail industry initiative endeavouring to reduce incidents on the rail network.In doing so the aim is to minimise trauma caused to rail employees resulting from witnessing near collisions, injuries, and fatalities whilst simply doing their jobs.

10 August 2015 marked the tenth year of the Rail Safety Week (RSW) campaign.  This year we shifted focus from cautionary tales to accountability. The message rail organisations across Australia and New Zealand shared in 2015 was ‘Rail Safety: It’s Everyone’s Responsibility’. 

The RSW national launch was hosted jointly by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) and TrackSAFE in Melbourne. Guests listened to inspiring rail safety messages from Mark Wild (CEO PTV), Andrew Lezala (CEO MTM) and Theo Taifalos (CEO V/Line), Damien Kook (Safety Director Yarra Trams), Campbell Mill (Acting Superintendent Victoria Police) and Naomi Frauenfelder (General Manager TrackSAFE).

The launch also featured the 2015 Rail Safety Week video, which asked a range of Australians, including TrackSAFE Patron Tim Fischer AC (pictured), what rail safety means to them. The answers were varied but the theme was the same – we all share in the responsibility when it comes to rail safety. The video was well-received and had over 2,000 views directly from the TrackSAFE website on the first day of its release alone. Preceding the national launch, Naomi Frauenfelder met with other leaders in rail safety at St. Albans level crossing in Melbourne to speak out about the dangers of taking unnecessary risks at level crossings. Ms Frauenfelder also promoted the RSW initiative as a great way to learn more about how to exercise good judgement whenever tracks and trains are near. 

TrackSAFE wants to send a huge “thank you” to all rail organisations, police, government bodies and others who participated in RSW this year. We are committed to continuing to support the campaigns created by participants for future Rail Safety Weeks. 

TrackSAFE is thrilled to welcome TrackSAFE Education Manager Janine Ferris back from maternity leave! Janine has been back for two months and is full of energy and great ideas to ensure more teachers know about and use Be on the Safe Side.

We are pleased to announce that our high school rail safety education resources have been accepted by Scootle. Scootle is the national digital learning repository used by Australian teachers to access learning resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum. TrackSAFE will be submitting our primary school resources to Scootle soon.

We also look forward to some exciting changes to our teacher and student websites. We are currently experiencing major technical difficulties and as such are updating to a more streamlined layout to improve user experience and make it easier for teachers to access our resources. We appreciate your patience while we transition to the new site.

In conjunction with the new website, we will be starting a campaign in the lead up to Term 1 to promote our fantastic resources to schools. If your child’s class hasn’t learned about rail safety, please ask their classroom teacher to visit and put our ready-made lessons in their program for 2016.

TrackSAFE Education collaborates with and is informed by rail organisations via a Reference Group to ensure that our rail safety education work continues to stay relevant and address current issues.  If your organisation carries out rail safety education activities for young people and has not yet joined our Reference Group, we would love for you to get involved so that you can be informed about and contribute to best practice in rail safety education across Australia. See the list of our members here. Please contact TrackSAFE Education Manager Janine Ferris on 02 9562 8163 or for further information.

On 10 September 2015, TrackSAFE joined the global community in observing World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) while simultaneously supporting Australians the country over by supporting national R U OK? Day.

'Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives' was the theme of the 2015 WSPD, an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization. Conceived by Professor Diego De Leo, WSPD has taken place on 10th September each year since 2003. It serves as a call to action to individuals and organisations to prevent suicide.
In addition to their goal of inspiring people to engage in conversations started by asking “Are you okay?”, this year’s R U OK? campaign adds another dimension – thankfulness – using the tagline “Thanks For Asking”  in order to appeal to people’s hearts and convince them of the power of a conversation.
Motivated by the efforts of our partners, TrackSAFE is proud to announce its commitment to organising the second annual Rail R U OK? Day on 21 April 2016.

As part of TrackSAFE’s trauma management work program, Rail R U OK? Day was initiated in April 2015 to foster an environment of support and encouragement, so that asking ‘are you ok?’ becomes standard practice in the rail industry.

Safety is one of the key values at Pacific National. Not only do we value safety within our workplace, we value the safety of our workplace in the community.

Pacific National communities celebrate Rail Safety Week

Throughout the week beginning 10 August many of our Pacific National Loco Drivers visited local primary schools to deliver a rail safety program to students and to members of their local communities. They also took the opportunity to talk about their job as a train driver.

To assist the drivers, Pacific National provided an activity book for all children to help them to understand how to be safe around railways, railway tracks and train stations by always using a railway bridge, underpass or level crossing to cross to the other side of train tracks. Reminding them to STOP at the line or gate, LOOK both ways, LISTEN for trains, THINK “Are the train tracks clear? Is it safe to cross?” If it is clear and safe, cross to the other side.

Safety in the Nebo community in Queensland

To recognise the week, Pacific National’s Nebo Train Support Facility hosted a number of local schools from the surrounding area to an Open Day on site (pictured). In total 110 students from Nebo, Coppabella and Valkyrie State Schools, along with one small Sarina Range home school, attended.

Throughout the visit, every single student (and some adults!!) got to sit in the driver’s seat and rattle some windows and the locomotive horns were given a good workout! Pacific National employees and members of the community in Nebo left the day with a better understanding of how work is completed at the facility, what it takes to keep rollingstock in top condition and most importantly why safety matters.


TrackSAFE is excited to report that the Community Stations project has been relaunched and we are now looking forward to implementing activities in Ringwood, Dandenong and Sunshine stations in the coming months.

Comprising the Community Stations Steering Committee (CSSC), representatives from Metro Trains Melbourne, Public Transport Victoria and TrackSAFE are meeting on a monthly basis to plan the roll out of the project at the targeted stations. The project has been welcomed by the respective city councils with council leaders meeting with the CSSC to share information on similar programs in their communities that are likely to enhance the project.

For more information on the any of the initiatives detailed above, please contact Angé McCrary at

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