Media release: Is that a koala on my bus?

PUBLISHED ON 09/11/2020
Media release: Is that a koala on my bus?

Koalas holding on tightly to avoid falls, fairy penguins hailing buses and fruit and vegetables practising COVID safe behaviours are some of the winning creative ideas Victorian students have used to communicate bus safety messages in Transdev Melbourne’s 2020 bus safety poster competition.

The competition called on Victorian students in Years 5-8 to create a poster promoting safe behaviours when travelling on buses.

Ian Craig, Acting Managing Director, Transdev Melbourne said; “At Transdev, safety is our number one priority. We received hundreds of entries from all across Victoria and are delighted to see young people so engaged with an important topic like bus safety.

“Our judging panel had a difficult time deciding winners but ultimately the winning entries carefully considered their safety message and demonstrated creativity and talent in designing their poster to capture people’s attention.”

Posters submitted to the competition covered a range of safety topics including keeping aisles clear or holding on to avoid slips and falls, safe COVID-19 behaviours, hailing buses and not distracting the driver.

The judging panel included Lisa Faldon, Director Bus Safety at Transport Safety Victoria and Jane Murray Head of Customer Experience and Communication, Transdev Melbourne. The Journey Makers’ Award was awarded by popular vote of Transdev Melbourne staff. 

Prizes were awarded in two categories – for primary students enrolled in Years 5 and 6 and secondary students enrolled in Years 7 and 8. Data indicates students in these year levels are most likely to catch the bus independently for the first time.

List of winners

Years 5 & 6 category
1st prize –  Nintendo Switch - Ashlea Tan, Year 5, Point Cook
2nd prize – $150 Dymocks voucher - Noor Virk, Year 6, Balwyn North
3rd prize – $50 Riot Art & Craft voucher -Hans Ding, Year 6, Caroline Springs
Journey Makers’ Award – $25 Smiggle voucher - to be added

Years 7 & 8 category
1st prize – Nintendo Switch - Naureen Mohammed Munir, Ringwood
2nd prize – $150 Dymocks voucher – Mia Alexander, Balwyn North
3rd prize – $50 Riot Art & Craft voucher – Lila Johnstone, Brighton
Journey Makers’ Award – $25 Smiggle voucher – to be added

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Transdev has continued to operate full school bus services ensuring those Victorians students who can’t learn from home, including vulnerable students and children of essential workers, can get to school.

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