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,…

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…

Drivers School Wins Club Grant

Blacktown Advocate – 5th February 2003 An innovative program that helps traffic offenders become better drivers has been saved by a $20,000 grant from Blacktown RSL Club. Ambulance Officer Graham Symes began the Traffic Offenders Program at Seven Hills in 1992 to educate drivers waiting to be sentenced for offences including speeding and drink-driving. Program…

TOP Program Helps

TOP Program Helps Blacktown City Guardian – 24th January 2003 When you’ve seen as many motor vehicle accidents as Ambulance Officer Graham Symes, you begin to realise just how bad the situation is on our roads when it comes to young drivers. The amount of accidents and deaths he saw weekly prompted Symes to set…

RSL Saves TOP Cause

Blacktown City Sun – 21st January 2003 Magistrates from Blacktown local court have been sending drink drivers and unregistered motorists to the Traffic Offenders program (TOP). This has been in Seven Hills since the 1980’s. But the program was nearly shut down last month after the directors realised that cash from their own pockets and…