By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Transdev Melbourne

STAGE 4 LOCKDOWN boredom may well prove fertile creative ground – in the short term, at least - for school kids in Years 5-8 with a Transdev Melbourne art competition seeking the best bus-safety poster designs, as announced recently.

“This competition helps students learn about safe behaviours when travelling in and around buses, in a fun way," said Transdev Melbourne managing director Loretta Lynch.

Posters promoting safe travel and behaviour among school students when travelling on buses will be eligible for a chance to win terrific prizes, with the competition running 17 August - 25 September, Transdev Melbourne explains.

"Every day we help school students across Melbourne get to and from school safely on one of our more than 120 school bus services. At Transdev, safety is our number-one priority," said Loretta Lynch, managing director, Transdev Melbourne.

"This competition helps students learn about safe behaviours when travelling in and around buses, in a fun way which challenges their creativity. We hope the competition will also be a fun activity to keep kids entertained during Covid-19," Lynch stated.

Alongside regular safety messages - such as keeping aisles clear or holding on to avoid slips and falls - students can also design a poster about safe travelling behaviours that help slow the spread of Covid-19, it states.

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Prizes include Nintendo Switch consoles and vouchers for books, arts and craft, and stationery. They will be awarded in two categories: primary students enrolled in Years 5 and 6; secondary students enrolled in Years 7 and 8, Transdev confirms.

A special prize called the Journey Makers’ Choice Award, chosen by popular vote of Transdev Melbourne staff, will also be awarded in each category, with winners to be announced in October.

Transdev Melbourne has continued to operate full school bus services throughout the pandemic, ensuring those Victorian students who can’t learn from home - including vulnerable students and children of essential workers - can get to school, it states.

For competition details and to submit entries visit:

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Transdev Melbourne provides bus services for a third of the city’s bus network and has more than 1,200 staff, 49 public bus routes and 531 vehicles, it states.

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