Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Hon Michelle Roberts BA DipEd MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety

    Rotto’s Summer of Safety

    9/02/2018 3:15 PM
    • Families the winners in Summer of Safety campaign
    • More visitors wearing helmets on Rottnest Island 

    Riding safely was a focus on Rottnest Island with a record number of visitors heading to the island over the summer holidays.


    About 220,000 visitors, over December and January, were urged to wear their helmets as part of the Summer of Safety campaign.


    From December 15 to January 30, visitors demonstrating good behaviour received a competition entry form from Rottnest Island Police.


    More than 100 entrants have gone into the draw to win a weekend on Rottnest Island, including ferry tickets and accommodation for a family of four.


    Winners will be announced on the Rottnest Island website at http://www.rottnestisland.com


    Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Cycling is one of the best ways to get around Rottnest Island, with over 87,000 bikes on the island last year.


    "Rottnest is experiencing visitor numbers like never before and keeping them safe is paramount.


    "Wearing a helmet is such an easy thing to do and the Summer of Safety competition is a reminder to stay safe whenever you are on a Rottnest Island getaway."


    Comments attributed to Police Minister Michelle Roberts:


    "While it is true that most visitors who ride bicycles enjoy a largely trouble free visit, some don't and people are often injured.


    "Head injuries are serious and can be fatal.


    "We have observed an increase in the number of visitors who chose to wear a helmet over summer, particularly with adults.


    "Partnering with Rottnest Island Authority on Summer of Safety is important because we want to see everyone wear a helmet.


    "Not just because it is a legal requirement on Rottnest, as it is throughout the rest of the State, but because we want to encourage visitors to ride in a safe, fun and enjoyable way."


    Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600

    Police Minister's office - 6552 6900