Anika’s safety message sticks

WHEN little Anika Phelan reaches a busy road she grabs onto her mum and dad’s hands, stops, looks, listens and thinks before it’s safe to cross.

The seven-year-old St Anthony’s School student has been named the Rockhampton regional winner in the Queensland Government’s school road safety “design a sticker” competition.

A year 1 student, Anika used her creative flair to put her message into a colourful design (pictured) which will be turned into a road safety sticker.

Anika, who has been taught to be road conscious since she could walk, said she knew what to do when it came to being safe around traffic.

“You need to stop, look for cars, listen for cars and think before you can cross the road,” Anika said yesterday.

The ambitious little girl, who was excited about her winning design which incorporates a road safety message, said she would like to see it become a stamp so everyone in Australia could see and learn about safety on the roads.

Earlier this year the Queensland Government set the challenge to all Queensland primary school students to take an active part in learning about road safety and model road safety behaviours and become school road safe heroes themselves. About 1500 students from across the state entered the competition.

Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan said entrants would receive a special hero’s certificate, while Anika’s design would be made into a sticker.

“Every time the sticker is seen it will act as a reminder to all students, parents, teachers and the community members to ensure they always drive safely and look out for each other – both around schools and on the roads in general,” he said.



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