Any type of community group can apply for NSW Government funding to help with programs related to road safety.
Any type of community group can apply for NSW Government funding to help with programs related to road safety. Thinkstock

Funds available to help put road safety on the agenda

STAYING safe on the road is is everyone's business and Macquarie St wants to help at a grassroots level.

Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser is spruiking the NSW Government funding available and encouraging community groups to apply for their share.

Groups can apply for smaller grants of up to $5000 or bigger projects up to $30,000 with everything from extra signage to workshops and campaigns being considered.

"We all have a role to play when it comes to road safety and that's why the NSW Government is providing $1.6 million in grants to help deliver grass roots road safety initiatives," Mr Fraser said.

"Communities may have specific road safety issues that could be best addressed first hand by the community, which is in addition to the state-wide campaigns the NSW Government delivers."

He said it didn't matter what type of community group was applying, all ideas would be given consideration.

"Now, under our grass roots program, if a school In Coffs Harbour wants to host a road safety workshop for kindergarten, we want to hear about it," he said.

"If a school in Woolgoolga wants to run a campaign about the impacts of drink and drug driving, we want to hear about it

"If a community in Toormina wants additional signs near parks to improve safety of young children, we want to hear about it."

The idea is that the grant money would complement the packages already implemented that work toward safer roads.

"Some of the NSW Government's package of key safety measures includes our Safety Town website, a complete kid safety information hub for parents and kids. Our Safer Drivers Course for young adults and encouraging people to have a 'Plan B' when out drinking," Mr Fraser said.



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