COMMUNITY ROAD SAFETY GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for community groups and councils from across Victoria to apply for grants to boost road safety awareness in their local area.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett said that applications for this year’s $1.5 million Community Road Safety Grants Program are now open.

The grants program will support a range of road safety education programs and initiatives that target cyclists, pedestrians, drivers and passengers, and motorcyclists.

Funding is also available to support electronic speed signs, road safety banners and mobile billboards that communicate specific messages to road users at locations identified by local communities.

Last year grants were provided to 57 recipients including councils, schools and not-for-profit organisations to deliver 190 projects promoting road safety.

As a successful recipient last year, St Anthony’s School in Noble Park delivered one of VicRoads’ most soughtafter programs –Road Safety for New Arrivals which gave 75 per cent of participants a newfound confidence in road safety and driving laws. Other successful applications include Bike Ed programs and programs to boost pedestrian safety around schools.

Applications for the grants are now open and will close on Wednesday 11 March.

For more information go to vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/road-safety-programs

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett

“Everyone has a part to play when it comes to road safety –which is why we’re giving communities the resources they need to take the lead on road safety in their area.”

“We’re encouraging councils, schools and community groups to apply for this grant program because we know just how effective a grassroot safety campaign can be.”