Colac RoadSafe will receive a $20,000 to help keep local roads safer.
The member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the funding was part of the Transport Accident Commission’s (TAC) effort to give local community groups and councils funding to tackle road trauma in the local community.
Ms Tierney congratulated Colac RoadSafe for being one of the first projects to be funded under the TAC’s new $4 million community road safety program.
The $20,000 to Colac RoadSafe will support the improvement to the Ian ‘Titch’ Burnett Memorial Driver Reviver site near Colac to encourage more drivers to rest by installing toilets, facilities for volunteers and storage.
“Local communities are often best placed to find new opportunities to reduce road accidents in the local area,” Ms Tierney said.
“This $20,000 will give our local community the chance to take action to make our roads safer for all road users.”
Ms Tierney said the successful projects under the TAC community road safety program targeted a wide range of issues, including speed, pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists, drink driving and driver education.
The TAC encourages community groups, including local councils, to prepare applications for projects that target a specific road safety problem.
Further funding is available for community-based projects conducted by not-for-profit groups that identify a problem and provide a solution.
“If any community group has an innovative way of reducing our local road toll I would encourage them to contact the TAC with their idea,” Ms Tierney said.
The next round of applications will be accepted up until Friday 12 September 2008.
Grant application guidelines are available at www.tacsafety.com.au or by contacting the TAC Community Road Safety Grants Officer on (03) 9664 6954.