Driving It Home

Driving It Home THE Traffic Offenders Program has dealt with almost 9600 court-referred drivers since it started in Blacktown 16 years ago. Program honorary chairman David Bamford said the number of courts now participating had increased to 48, from Newcastle to Nowra and to Bathurst. The program requires offenders to attend eight road safety sessions…

Traffic program aims to save lives

Traffic program aims to save lives By Roderick Shaw BLACKTOWN’S Traffic Offenders Program could save more lives if learner drivers had to experience it, said the program’s honorary chairman, David Bamford. “The feedback we get from people in the program is that they should have had an opportunity to do this before they got their…

Australian of the Year Awards 2004

Graham Symes nominated for Australian of the Year 2004 8 December 2004 Graham Symes PO Box 6660 Blacktown NSW 2148 Dear Graham, Congratulations on being nominated for the Australian of the Year Awards 2004. The Australian of the Year Awards is the pre-eminent awards program in our nation, recognising excellence and service by Australians in…

Joys of my brilliant career

Joys of my brilliant career   By RODERICK SHAW After 36 years of active service, Blacktown ambulance officer Graham Symes hung up his hat for the last time on Friday. “It’s been very rewarding,” Mr Symes said. “I’ve always been interested in community service and I joined because I wanted to save lives.” At 63,…

A Recent Participant

Dear Mr. Graham Symes, I would like to thank you for your extraordinary work for the community in organising and promoting the Traffic Offenders Program. The course was particularly broad and efficiently run. Without your determined efforts fools like me would not have a second chance. While I am yet to receive a conviction I…

Turning Traffic Offenders Into Responsible Drivers

Blacktown RSL – April/June 2003 An innovative organisation in Seven Hills is helping traffic offenders not only become better drivers themselves, but role models for the community, thanks to a $20,000 grant from Blacktown RSL. The Traffic Offenders Program (TOP) Inc. was formed by NSW Ambulance Officer Graham Symes in 1992 to educate drivers awaiting…

A Thankful Mum

Dear Mr. Symes, Thankyou so much for your wonderful program. I am so glad that as a mother I got to have this insight into what you do. I wish that more families could get this insight too. I know my son got a lot out of this course – he has spoken to me…

A Thankful Mum

Dear Mr. Ray Martin Mr. John Stanley Mr. John Laws, Just a note to let you know of a wonderful program I have become aware of because of my 19 year old son. I was going to call your program but thought I could explain it better in a letter. The program (you may have…