Tree lights a reminder of lives lost

National Road Safety Week has been launched in Perth with a private memorial ceremony and the lighting of the iconic tree at the Old Mill, near the Narrows Bridge.

08 May 2017
National Road Safety Week has been launched in Perth with a private memorial ceremony and the lighting of the iconic tree at the Old Mill, near the Narrows Bridge. 

Bereaved family members and others gathered beneath the tree which was decorated with 195 ribbons, symbolising every life lost in 2016. 

Louise Clarke, who lost her 22 year old daughter Bronwyn in a motorcycle accident, told the audience that she had been filled with grief since she was told that her daughter had passed away in September 2014.

“I think about Bronnie every day. I’ve told her she’s in trouble with her Mum. When I get to heaven I’m going to give her a sandwich. A big hug, followed by a growl, then another huge hug and I won’t ever want to let go,” she said. 

Road Safety Minister, Michelle Roberts, commended the Road Trauma Support Service for its efforts following a crash. 

Their counselling service helps so many people,” she said. “Those who have been injured, the bereaved, the person who may have caused a trauma, witnesses and emergency service personnel.