Kids take the keys in safety awareness

A PROJECT focusing on car theft and key security will see students from 13 Glenorchy primary schools go head-to-head for a chance to win a range of amazing prizes.

The Operation Bounce Back – Kids & Keys Project will see students vying for $2800 in prize money – $2000 for the winning school, with individual student prizes of $500 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third, as well as trophies and other prizes.

Students, supported by families and teachers, are being encouraged to create short, TV style commercials based on an Australian advertising campaign by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.

The competition aims to share and promote the message that car security begins at home by keeping your car keys safe.

“Like most people, your car is essential to daily life,” Glenorchy City Council Safer Communities officer Lisa Rudd said

“Last year almost 60,000 Australian victims of car theft found out the hard way just how difficult life can be without a vehicle.

“Where do you leave your keys? Hanging on a hook by the back door, in a bowl on the kitchen table or in your handbag on the hallstand?

“Seventy per cent of late model vehicles thefts are via keys that have been easily obtained – keys remain the primary means to steal a vehicle.

“The films created by the young people will be utilised to generate conversations about car-key security through the sharing and promotion of this important message to the broader community.”

To celebrate their contributions to the Kids & Keys Project, students will be invited to attend a red carpet event at Village Cinemas Glenorchy where their TV commercials will be featured on the big screen.

Guidelines for the competition are listed below:

The competition is open to students who attend primary schools in the City of Glenorchy and also primary school aged children who live in the City of Glenorchy and are home schooled or attend alternative education.

Commercials must be no longer than 30 seconds in length.

Films should promote the message that keeping your car-keys safe helps to keep your car safe.

Films can be created at school or at home.

Parents/guardians, families, friends and teachers are welcome to be involved and support the students.

Films can be created using cameras or phones.

For school entries, all films must be collated and submitted by the school via a USB.

Consent forms and subject release forms will be required.

Entries must be submitted by Friday 30 June 2017.

For more information, or to obtain the necessary forms, please contact Safer Communities officer Lisa Rudd by phoning the Glenorchy City Council on 6216 6800 or emailing

Caption: From left, Collinsvale Primary School students Katisha O’May, Adella Jackson, Isabella Finnila and Phoenix Evans.

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