Funding to boost road safety in the Coffs Harbour electorate
Residents in the Coffs Harbour electorate are set to receive a safety boost with the Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, today announcing the first instalment of funding for local road safety projects as part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 million Community Road Safety Grants Program.
“Two projects will be funded in the Coffs Harbour electorate,” Mr Fraser said.
“A Youth Driver Awareness Day will be run by the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour. This day aims to instil safer road user behaviour in our area. The day aims to tackle the problem of increasing the involvement of local distance education students.
“The second project will be run by Anglicare North Coast. The road to Freedom project will focus on the particular needs of women (newly arrived refugee/humanitarian entrants) and their road safety needs.
Mr Fraser said the NSW Government is supporting local organisations that deliver vital work to help keep our communities safe on and around our roads.
“We all know the value of local knowledge and our communities have specific road safety issues that can be best addressed through local initiatives,” Mr Fraser said.
“These grants are designed to give a helping hand to community groups who are working to spread the road safety message and encourage people to be safer road users.”
The grants are two of 15 projects to receive $136,235 under the first instalment of funding under round three of the Community Road Safety Grants Program With a total of 72 applications received from across NSW for this round – 13 more than in round two – and an increase in the quality of the applications, successful grants are being announced in two instalments.
“Last year 380 people lost their lives on our roads and every year more than 12,000 people are seriously injured,” Mr Fraser added.
“These are not just numbers, they are real people lost to their families, friends and communities forever or seriously injured with potentially lifelong impacts.
“These grants are a great way for everyone to think about how they can contribute to improving road safety in their everyday lives and in their local communities.”
More information about the grants is available at: roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au