Grassroots safety solutions across the state have received a massive boost thanks to almost $300,000 as part of the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Community Road Safety Grants Program.
Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said the funding would directly support local road safety solutions that make a real difference to the community.
“It is fantastic to announce $31,500 in funding for two local projects which will deliver a targeted road safety program for Singleton and Dungog,” Mr Layzell said.
Singleton PCYC is the recipient of $26,500 towards DRIVE, which is a driving mentor program that connects young people who have difficulty obtaining their required learner driver hours with trained community volunteers who have time to spend supervising learner drivers.
Ride Dungog receives $5,000 to produce the ‘Stay Wider of the Rider’ bicycle safety campaign.
This includes designing and delivering a bicycle safety print and digital media campaign across the Dungog shire.
“This funding is a huge win for our local community. Every death or serious injury on our roads is one too many,” Mr Layzell said.
“This group knows our community and its road safety issues best, and this funding will go to supporting local organisations making a big difference.”
Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the NSW Government’s Community Road Safety Grants Program was all about ensuring safety outcomes for locals.
“Road safety is an incredibly important issue in regional areas and this funding is all about empowering our local communities to deliver targeted safety projects in the regions,” Mr Farraway said.
“The program supports not-for-profit groups who are familiar with local road safety issues who have developed initiatives that will make a real difference in their community.
“Funding local projects will help spread targeted safety messages and will contribute to saving lives.”
The Community Road Safety Grants Program aims to develop local road safety projects that encourage safer road user behaviour and reduce road trauma.
Since 2015 the program has funded 181 projects. Round 8 of the Community Road Safety Grants will open during National Road Safety Week in May 2022.
For more information about the program visit: http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/aboutthecentre/communitygrants/