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Media launch: Rail Safety Week

Media launch: Rail Safety Week

Harm prevention charity the TrackSAFE Foundation, together with Police Transport Command NSW, VicPol, ARTC, NSW Trainlink and V/Line will gather to officially launch Rail Safety Week (RSW) 2016 at Albury Railway Station, Tuesday 16 August, 10.55am.

The launch coincides with ‘Operation Southern Aurora’ happening in South West NSW. This will involve increased police patrol and drug-dog squads in operation, with focus areas at Cootamundra, Wagga Wagga and Albury. The operation in Albury is a partnership with Albury Local Area Command Police and the Victoria Police Transport Safety Division. NSW Trainlink and V/Line services will be patrolled by police throughout RSW. A member of the dog squad will be present at the launch event.

Date: Tuesday 16 August

Place: Albury Railway Station

MEDIA LAUNCH - Order of events

10.55am: Patron of the TrackSAFE Foundation and former Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Tim Fischer AC will arrive on the platform at 10.55am on board V/Line’s Melbourne to Albury service

11.00am: the Hon Tim Fischer AC to speak and officially launch Rail Safety Week 2016

11.05am: Chief Inspector Rob Danks from Police Transport Command to speak on behalf of the NSW Police

11.10am:  Inspector John Felton Victoria Police Transport Safety Division Tasking and Coordination to speak on behalf of VicPol

11.20am: Drug dog squad in action

Just before midday: The XPT Melbourne to Sydney arrives; the Hon Tim Fischer shakes hands with passengers. Dog squad in action (presenting more photo opportunities)

About Rail Safety Week: Rail Safety Week runs 15 – 21 August 2016. It is an Australasian rail industry initiative that sees organisations across Australia and New Zealand come together to promote rail safety messages for one week every year. Now in its 11th consecutive year, Rail Safety Week is coordinated by the TrackSAFE Foundation. The aim of the Week is to illustrate the importance of exercising caution when using the rail network and particularly, the onus is on members of the public to take responsibility for their own actions.

Interview opportunities:

Hon Tim Fischer AC                                             Tracksafe Foundation: Patron
Chief Inspector Rob Danks                                   NSW Police Force:   Police Transport Command South/Southwest
A/Supt Dave Cottee                                             NSW Police Force:  Acting Commander; Albury Local Area Command
Insp John Felton                                                   Victoria Police: Transport Safety Division Tasking and Coordination
Dave Huxtable                                                      NSW Trainlink:  Shift Manager & On Board Services Team Leader-South