National Youth Week will run between 9-17 April in Western Australia this year, with more than 100 events due to take place throughout the state. The theme for 2016 is SPARK and the KickstART Festival is sure to spark your imagination. Presented as part of National Youth Week, KickstART Festival will take place at Perth Cultural Centre and surrounding venues – and all activities and events have been developed and managed by young people.
The second Right Track Dance Party took place on Friday 18 March at Gosnells PCYC and this time we were joined by a special guest! Rail Safety Ambassador Jonathan Beninca who is in Perth to deliver rail safety presentations to young people in the area, also attended on the night. Not only did Jonathan speak to the youth about the importance of staying safe on and around public transport and the consequences of risk taking behaviour, he also got involved with some of the games and activities – which included choosing the best boy and girl dancer on the night.
The young people at Kelmscott Senior High School learnt all about public transport safety last week when they had a visit from PTA (Public Transport Authorities) Transit Officers and Swan Transit Bus Drivers.
Speaking to more than 240 year 7 students across two days, the Right Track program was able to make sure that the young people were educated not only on the consequences of incidents such as fare evasion and rock throwing but also on the zone system and how to use their smart rider card.
You’re all probably familiar with what a Transit Officer (TO) looks like and perhaps you already know a bit about the job that they do – such as maintaining a safe and secure environment for passengers, conducting ticket inspections and providing information and assistance about Transperth train, bus and ferry services. You may also be aware that Transit Officers have similar legal authority and powers as police officers when detaining offenders on Public Transport Authority (PTA) property.