Applications close at the end of October.
Applications close at the end of October. Allan Reinikka

Grants for underpasses

FARMERS can now access grants for the construction of cattle underpasses beneath public roads and the installation of warning signs and flashing lights, to reduce the risk to producers and motorists.

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said underpasses remove the need for cattle to cross roads, improving safety for farmers, the farmer's family, employees and motorists, and lifting farm productivity.

"The Cattle Underpass Scheme will be particularly beneficial to our dairy producers and other farmers who need to move stock across roads to milking facilities each day,” Mr Fraser said.

"The NSW Government will offer grants up to $70,000, to cover a half of the cost of installing an underpass or up to $10,000 to cover a half of the cost of installing warning signs and flashing lights.”

The investment delivers on a commitment from the NSW Liberals and Nationals as part of a Memorandum of Understanding with the NSW Farmers Association to improve farm and road safety.

Mr Fraser said along with the productivity boost for producers, the scheme would reduce hazards for motorists.

"Underpasses will reduce the risk of road collisions, traffic delays and road surface damage,” Mr Fraser said.

"The underpasses must be constructed primarily for the movement of livestock with permission from the road authority.”

Every application received will be assessed against eligibility criteria listed in the Cattle Underpass Scheme guidelines.

Applications for the grants close on October 31 and will be considered in the order in which they are received.

More information is available from www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/cups



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