Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith and Tanya Davies MP, Member for Mulgoa welcome the announcement that residents of Penrith and Mulgoa are set to receive a safety boost with the second instalment of funding for local road safety projects as part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 million Community Road Safety Grants Program.
Great Community Transport will receive $5,000 for their “Bikes on Buses” program to remind motorists about the minimum one metre passing distance rule for bicycles and, the Blue Datto Foundation will also receive $5,000 for their “Penrith Community Keeping Safe” program which aims to improve the attitudes and behaviour of youth drivers.
Stuart Ayres said the NSW Government is supporting local organisations such as Great Community Transport and the Blue Datto Foundation that deliver vital work to help keep our communities safe on and around our roads.
“We all know the value of local knowledge and our communities have specific road safety issues that can be best addressed through local initiatives,” Stuart Ayres said.
The grants were part of a total of 22 projects to receive over $268,000 under the second instalment of funding under round three of the Community Road Safety Grants Program.
Tanya Davies said these grants are designed to give a helping hand to local community groups who are working to spread the road safety message and encourage people to be safer road users.
“This round of the Community Road Safety Grants program has been a highly competitive round and it’s great to see that these two local organisations were successful,” Tanya Davies said.
Centre for Road Safety Executive Director Bernard Carlon said we all have a role to play in making our roads safer.
“Last year 380 people lost their lives on our roads and every year more than 12,000 people are seriously injured.
“These are not just numbers, they are real people lost to their families, friends and communities forever or seriously injured with potentially lifelong impacts.
“These grants are a great way for everyone to think about how they can contribute to improving road safety in their everyday lives and in their local communities.”
More information about the grants is available at: roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au