Round Six: Community Road Safety Grants Now Open
Community organisations on the Northern Beaches are being encouraged to come forward with their ideas to make a difference to road safety in their own community with applications opening today for round six of the NSW Government’s Community Road Safety Grants Program.
“The Community Road Safety Grants Program is helping save lives in local communities like ours by helping community organisations to deliver targeted initiatives on road safety,” Member for Manly James Griffin said.
“Community groups are in a unique position to connect with local people about local road safety issues. This program aims to bring people with a passion and commitment for road safety together and support their ideas to ultimately lower the NSW road toll.”
Applications for round six are open with community groups invited to submit ideas for local road safety projects by August 31st.
Two categories of grants are available: one for smaller projects with up to $5,000 available for each idea and another for more substantial projects, worth up to $30,000.
The program has already supported a number of successful initiatives including new technology to prevent collisions with wildlife in Bega and a state-wide initiative to discourage young surfers from texting and driving from Surfing NSW.
In Manly, Community Northern Beaches has been funded to again facilitate the Northern Beaches Settlement Road Safety Program, which aims to assist migrants to settle into Australian life and understand Australian laws and responsibilities.
“Unfortunately, preliminary figures from 2019 indicate that 352 people lost their lives on NSW roads and more than 10,000 people were seriously injured,” Mr Griffin said.
“Manly and the Northern Beaches are not exempt from these dangers, and I encourage all groups to come forward who may have the capacity to deliver a localised program in their community.”
Almost 170 projects have been delivered across the state thanks to the Community Road Safety Grants Program, including 30 projects in the last financial year.
More information about the program and how to submit an application can be found at: http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/aboutthecentre/communitygrants/