Grants announced to improve road safety for the ACT

Released 21/12/2016

Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury has announced $251,955 in funding across nine organisations as part of the ACT Government’s road safety grants program.  

"The grants will be used to fund a range of community road safety projects including  training, education and awareness programs as well as a number of infrastructure projects to reduce the risk of accidents,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“I was really pleased that we received almost 40 applicants from a variety of community groups, research groups, schools and government agencies which made the task of selecting grant recipients very challenging.”

The 2016 road safety community grant recipients are:

  • Council on the Ageing ACT;
  • Chapman Primary Parents & Citizens Association;
  • Motorcycle Riders Association ACT;
  • Cyclabilities;
  • Eurobodalla Shire Council;
  • Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate; and
  • ACT Policing.

The funding for this community grants program comes directly from ACT motorists, with a $2.50 levy charged on all ACT motor vehicle registrations to fund the scheme.

“What we’ve really got here is a program funded by the ACT community to improve road safety for the ACT community.”

Mr Rattenbury said the Cyclabilities pilot scheme – which will provide a therapy-based program to develop cycling skills and improve road safety awareness for children with disabilities – and the Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate’s traffic control training program were good examples of this concept in action.

“The Cyclabilities pilot program will be the first program in the ACT that addresses and supports road safety and cycling for children with additional needs. It has great potential, and will make use of the Government’s learn to ride facilities, which are set to open next year,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate will work with community groups to develop a nationally accredited training program for undertaking traffic control at community events in the ACT.

“This will help to ensure that the right traffic arrangements are in place for events on public roads  such as cycling and fun runs.

“I would like to congratulate all of our grant recipients and I look forward to seeing the results of their work over the next 12 to 24 months.”

The successful grant applicants are:

Organisation  Funded AmountDescription
Cyclabilities Cyclabilities $60,000 A pilot program that will provide a therapy-based road safety and learn to ride program aimed at developing cycling skills and improving road safety awareness for children with additional needs.
Chapman Primary Parent & Citizens Association  Junior School Road Safety $15,000 A pedestrian and cyclist road safety education program will be developed for students, including the construction of a riding facility, development of road safety resources and the purchase of bicycles and scooters.
Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate Events Traffic Control Training Program$16,445 A nationally accredited training program will be developed covering traffic control at community events in the ACT.  The training program will be developed and delivered by a registered training organisation and will assist community groups to ensure suitable traffic arrangements are in place for events that are undertaken on public roads.
Council on the AgeingStreet Smart Seniors $46,300 COTA will review and update their existing Street Smart Seniors program that provides local and practical information to older drivers on driver safety, pedestrian safety, planning for a successful transition from driver to non-driver and alternative transport options.
Eurobodalla Shire CouncilEurobodalla Shire Council Kings Highway Road Safety Campaign$12,210 A public awareness campaign targeting specifically at drivers travelling on the Kings Highway between ACT and Batemans Bay.
Transport Canberra and City Services DirectorateChevron Marking Pilot Project$40,000A consultant will be engaged to identify locations to trial chevron road markings on arterial roads as a solution to address rear-end crashes.  This funding will also develop an education campaign.
Motorcycle Riders Association ACTJoe Rider $10,000 $10,000 The “Joe Rider” awareness campaign encourages road users to look out for motorcycles.
Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate Speed Detection Signs in Residential Areas $40,000 The use of speed detection signs on residential streets will be trialed as a way reduce motorists' travelling speeds and increase speed limit compliance in residential areas by raising awareness of their travel speeds.
ACT PolicingVehicle Road Safety Messaging $12,000 ACT Policing will manage a project to design, produce and install vinyl stickers with road safety messages for display on ACT Policing traffic vehicles.

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