Local communities to benefit from road safety grants

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Executive Director of the Centre for Road Safety Bernard Carlon today announced 29 community groups will share in Community Road Safety Grants worth a total of $435,375 to fund local road safety awareness projects in NSW.

The Community Road Safety Grants program plays an important role in the delivery of the Road Safety Plan 2021 which is guiding NSW’s efforts to reduce deaths and injuries from road crashes. Almost 140 projects have been funded through the program since its inception in 2015.

Mr Carlon said the program aimed at saving lives by increasing road safety awareness and encouraging safer behaviours by different road users, with grants of up to $5000 available for smaller projects and up to $30,000 for larger initiatives.  

“This fifth round of funding was the most competitive to date with 30 projects from 29 applicants chosen to receive funding,” Mr Carlon said.

“This includes technology to prevent collisions with wildlife near Bega; road safety education for newly arrived migrants and refugees in the Inner West, Canterbury and Bankstown; driver safety workshops for seniors in Northern NSW; and road safety education for young Aboriginal people in Lismore and Banksmeadow. There’s also and a state-wide initiative to discourage young surfers from texting and driving from Surfing NSW.

“Community groups are in a unique position to connect with local people about local road safety issues. They can reinforce our road safety messages in targeted ways that can make a real difference in encouraging people to be safer road users.”

For more information about the Community Road Safety Grants and the full list of projects please visit: http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/aboutthecentre/communitygrants/index.html