ROAD SAFETY GRANTS TO BOOST GIPPSLAND SAFETY

Gippsland will receive a boost from the Victorian Government for community road safety initiatives to reduce road trauma.

Schools, councils and not-for-profit organisations in the region are among a number of local groups across the state benefiting from the latest round of Community Road Safety Grants Program.

The $1.5 million program will deliver targeted education programs designed to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

Several groups across the region have welcomed funding for projects to provide local solutions to local road safety concerns including $175,992 in funding to initiatives such as motorcycle rider mentoring and driver education programs for those with learning disabilities.

The grants program delivers educational sessions on road safety, promoting safer young drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians – and addresses issues such as fatigue and high-risk driver behaviour including speeding and drink driving.

The program also funds roadside banners, speed advisory signage and mobile billboards as part of targeted community awareness campaigns.

Funding is spread across the state including motorcycle safety sessions in Gippsland, Melbourne and the Grampians, cyclist safety in the Loddon Mallee and North East Victoria, safer routes to school initiatives in the South West and young driver education at 102 high schools across the state.

It comes as the Transport Accident Commission offers Victoria’s local councils the chance to receive funding grants to help improve road safety in their region. Under the TAC program, projects with a focus on road safety analysis can receive up to $30,000 and infrastructure projects can receive up to $100,000.

The TAC’s Local Government Grant Program is open to council applications across the state until July 28 2021.

The grants programs support Victoria’s Road Safety Action Plan and Strategy 2021-2030, which set us on a path to halve road deaths and significantly reduce serious injuries by 2030.

For more information on the programs visit the VicRoads website – www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-androad-rules/road-safety-programs/vicroads-community-road-safety-grants-program.

Quotes Attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett

“These targeted, community-driven projects deliver important road safety initiatives and I commend Gippslanders for getting involved in the program to help tackle road safety at a local level.”

Quotes Attributable to Road Safety Victoria Executive Director Carl Muller

“We are all responsible for road safety – one wrong decision on our roads can have life changing consequences and this program empowers local groups to share vital road safety messages.”