Safety Education in Schools
Tatts Finke Desert Race invite schools to be involved in the annual Finke Safety and Environment Campaign. The campaign addresses the safety issues associated with the Tatts Finke Desert Race and helps raise awareness of the many environmental issues which threaten the future of the event. Initiatives such as the “Adopt a Bike or Buggy Program”, colouring in competitions and assemblies have proven very effective in the past to educate school children on the importance of trackside and environmental safety.
Finke Desert Race is serious about the land we race on. It is only through the generosity of our landowners that we are able to offer the unique terrain that is so much a part of the “Finke” legend. As guests of this precious land, we urge our competitors, volunteers and spectators to respect the privilege of being allowed to part of such a unique experience.
We urge everyone that is travelling down the track to bring their rubbish home. The Girl Guides situate themselves at the first grid, and offer garbage bags to each car. We have a skip in place so that campers can dump all of their rubbish on the way home. Even so, we have some thoughtless spectators who leave their garbage scattered though out their camp. It takes hundreds of volunteer hours to clean up this mess. The simple rule is: If you take it down, bring it back.
As with any desert region, rain fall is low and the risk of fire is high. We urge all of our campers to treat their fire with respect. Take your own wood. Clear and area and dig a shallow pit for your fire. Always make sure the fire is properly extinguished. Clear the campsite so that you are not camping too close to the fire. And please, always watch your children around fires. They are too young to know the dangers.
We all know that motorsport is dangerous, we see the signs, we’ve watched the accidents. The biggest risk to Tatts Finke Desert Race is a spectator being injured, or worse. Don’t forget that the competitors are concentrating on racing, they are not looking for you, your kids or your dog. Please, always stand back from the track and NEVER stand on the outside of corners.
Leave Your Dog At Home
Animals don’t enjoy motorsport. You may think that it is fun to take your dog camping, but you are putting your beloved pet in danger. An animal can’t outrun a competing car or bike, and they don’t know to stay off the track. If you love your animal, make alternative arrangements for Finke weekend.
Finke Desert Race has a great working relationship with the NT Police. This year, they will, again, be patrolling the camp sites to make sure everyone is safe. They are not there to ruin anyone’s fun. They simply need to make sure that there is no drinking and driving, no riding/driving unregistered vehicles and that there is no antisocial behaviour. They are keeping an eye on your safety so please respect the job they are doing and listen to their instructions.