Aboriginal communities gather for 2019 annual Koori Knockout

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Transport for NSW today announced the ongoing partnership with the 49th Annual NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout – one of Australia’s largest Aboriginal gatherings this October long weekend.

This year the Koori Knockout is being hosted by last year’s winners the Newcastle All Blacks, at the Central Coast Regional Sporting and Recreation Complex. More than 150 teams from all over NSW will descend on Tuggerah for the tournament - all vying for the coveted title and rights to host the 50 year tournament in 2020.

The NSW Government is supporting players and spectators by providing free buses to and from parking at the Dog Park, Church Road, Tuggerah to the sporting complex. The buses are wrapped in beautiful Aboriginal designs and ‘Bring the Mob Home Safely’ messaging will be featured on an intercity train and at Tuggerah Station.

Bernard Carlon, Executive Director of the Centre for Road Safety said Transport for NSW is proud to play a role in this major cultural and sporting event by assisting participants in getting to and from the tournament safely.

“This is also a fantastic opportunity to reach out to Aboriginal communities and encourage conversations about road safety,” Mr Carlon said.

“Aboriginal people are twice as likely to be killed or seriously injured in a road crash in NSW compared with non-Aboriginal people. On average, 21 Aboriginal people died on our roads between 2014 and 2018 each year, while 540 were treated in hospital because of road crashes. Nearly a third of those injured were aged between 17 and 25.

“We know many of those attending the Knockout will be travelling on country roads over the busy long weekend. Double demerits will be in place encouraging drivers to say ‘Yeah…NAH’ to taking risks on the road and to instead make safe, positive decisions by staying under the speed limit, not drinking and driving, always wearing a seatbelt and never illegally using your mobile phone.”

To plan your journey to Central Coast Sporting Complex, Tuggerah on public transport or to locate an Opal card retailer visit: http://www.transportnsw.info/

For up-to-date date information on traffic conditions visit: www.livetraffic.com

For driver reviver locations across New South Wales visit: http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/fatigue/driverreviver/map/index.html