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ACT College students talk the talk when it comes to rail safety

Photo: 2021 Safety Poster Competition judging panel with winning design. Judges (L-R): Jo Dawson (Transport Canberra), Bruno Lancelot (CMET), Hope Bertram (TrackSAFE), John Mikita (Transit Graphics), Rachel Hutka (ACT Police)

Gungahlin College graphic design students are taking on rail safety, developing campaigns that speak to other young public transport users, pedestrians, and motorists about the importance of rail safety.

CMET and Transport Canberra partnered with Gungahlin College for the second iteration of the Rail Safety poster competition. The competition was originally run in 2019, with winning design by student Tahlia Jones being showcased on 2 Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) as window ‘wraps’. Read all about the 2019 competition on the CMET website and learn more about Tahlia on our CMET profile.

Working closely with local design firm Transit Graphics, the class of year 12 students set out to develop posters and social media content that targeted their peers. They even tried their hand at adapting their artwork to light rail wraps like the one that features Tahlia’s ‘Be Safe. Be Seen.’ design!

On Tuesday, June 21 the artwork was assessed by a panel of 5 experts judges representing TrackSAFE Foundation, CMET, Transport Canberra, and ACT Police. The panel were impressed with the exceptional quality of work by all students, and picking a winner was quite the challenge for the group! After much deliberation, Ada Miller’s ‘Don’t rush or be crushed’ campaign was announced the winner, with Chloe Whybrow’s ‘Phone down, eyes up’ and Folu Falaki’s ‘Pay attention. Take responsibility’ recognised as runners-up.

Keep an eye out over the coming months for where these designs will be showcased.

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