Road safety funding granted to NSW community groups

Community groups in NSW are set to share $400,000 in funding in an effort to increase road safety awareness

More than $400,000 in new funding is set to be shared amongst community groups thanks to Community Road Safety Grants.

Supported by the NSW Government, 19 groups will each receive up to $30,000 to roll out projects that will increase road safety awareness and support safer road use.

“These grants will empower community groups to tackle a range of road safety issues head on, with
a laser focus and at a local level,” says roads minister John Graham.

“Community groups like the Clontarf Foundation, PCYC and all those receiving funding do such important work and the Minns Labor Government is proud to be backing in their efforts on road safety.”

Each project highlights a road safety need or chance to educate within the respective community.

Projects approved in round nine of the grants program include free or subsidised driver education for disadvantaged and indigenous youths and a courtesy bus to reduce drink driving in regional NSW.

There is also a program to help newly arrived refugees navigate NSW road rules, training to improve road safety for children with disabilities as passengers in motor vehicles and an eight-episode bilingual radio series on youth road safety.

“Projects to be delivered will be spread across metropolitan and regional areas, with key at-risk groups a major focus, as we look to promote further awareness of Towards Zero and getting everyone home safely,” says Graham.

Regional transport and roads minister Jenny Aitchison says it is imperative to offer driving and road education.

“We know that while around one-third of the population lives in regional areas, this group makes up
nearly two-thirds of deaths that occur on regional roads,” Aitchison says.

“The statistics sadly reinforce the need to deliver critical road safety investments in the regions and these Community Road Safety Grants are part of the Minns Labor Government’s commitment to reducing the road toll across every corner of NSW.

“From Gulgong to Collarenebri and Singleton to the Central Coast, these projects and the community groups delivering them will save lives and make our roads safer for everyone.”

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