Road safety in the Surf Coast has received a boost after the Amy Gillett Foundation received $10,000 from a Transport Accident Commission grants program.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP this week welcomed the funding for a project to improve cyclist safety.
The TAC’s Community Road Safety Grants Program provides grants of up to $25,000 to community and not-for profit registered groups who can identify a road safety issue and come up with a proposal to fix it.
The foundation will use the grant for safety improvements on the climb between Lorne and Benwerrin on the Deans Marsh Rd safer for cyclists. The section of road is heavily used by cyclists and the grant will enable a pilot project using solar-powered ‘Cyclists Ahead’ signs to warn motorists when there are cyclists in the area. It will use new detection technology to differentiate between cyclists, motorcyclists and cars.
The Amy Gillett Foundation was one of 11 Victorian community groups to receive 13 Community Road Safety Grants in the latest round.
The grants program has been running since 2008, targeting a range of issues including speed, pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists, drink driving and driver education.
It is open to community and not-for profit registered groups who can identify a road safety issue and come up with a proposal to fix it.
Applications for the next round of Community Road Safety Grants close on August 12. Visit www.tac.vic.gov.au for further information.
Quotes attributed to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“We want everyone in Western Victoria to help ensure that our roads are safer.”
“It is great to see people in our local community putting their thinking caps on and coming up with road safety ideas.”
“I encourage any community group in Western Victoria who does have an idea to make our roads safer to submit a proposal for the next round of funding.”