Ten talented students have been named as winners in Buslink NT’s bus safety awareness art competition across the Northern Territory with the overall winner, a year 11 student from Palmerston College, set to feature across the back of a city bus.

In congratulating Territory-wide winners, Buslink NT CEO, Tony Hopkins said the competition, staged as part of NT Road Safety Week 2020, aimed to drive home the dangers of technology distractions.

“Safety around buses is paramount, especially with today’s distractions of technology. The art competition aimed to educate children and teenagers in a fun and engaging way about safe practices that will keep them out of harm’s way.

“We are thrilled with the response – especially the level of creativity shown by students, and the meaningful discussions that took place in the classroom and at home,” Mr Hopkins said.

The top prize was awarded to Isabelle Craven, a year 11, Palmerston College student whose clever design will be displayed in coming weeks across the back of a Buslink bus driving around city streets.

Winners and runners-up prizes were awarded to students attending primary or middle/senior school across three areas: Darwin region, Palmerston/Rural region, and Regional NT. These are:

Darwin Region – Primary school category:

  • Winner – Hannah Priore, Grade 4, Stuart Park Primary School
  • Runner-up – Amara Glynastis, Grade 4, Stuart Park Primary School

Darwin Region – Middle/Senior school category:

  • Winner – Danika Pascoe, Year 7, Marrara Christian College
  • Runner-up – Sophie Crossman, Year 8, Darwin Middle School

Palmerston/Rural Region – Primary school category:

  • Winner – Taylah McElroy, Grade 5, Sattler Christian College
  • Runner-up – Layla Mackay, Grade 4, Palmerston Christian School

Palmerston/Rural Region – Middle/Senior school category:

  • Winner – Isabelle Craven, Year 11, Palmerston College (overall winner)
  • Runner-up – Samara Tooler, Year 9, Palmerston Christian College

Regional NT – Primary school category:

  • Winner – Elise Harvey, Grade 6, Ross Park Primary School
  • Runner-up – Riley Prime, Grade 5, Katherine South Primary School

The competition was held in conjunction with NT Road Safety Week (15-22 November 2020) and in collaboration with Road Safety’s Towards Zero campaign.

Along with colouring-in templates for younger children, students were asked to come up with an original design or slogan that either communicated what they should do with their mobile phones and earphones before exiting a bus, when is it safe to cross the road, or what they consider to be the most important bus safety rule.

View details and winning entries at  www.buslink.com.au/art-competition or Buslink NT Facebook. Buslink is the Northern Territory’s largest school and urban bus transport provider and part of the ComfortDelGro Corporation Australia (CDC) group, one of the nation’s largest bus operators.