NSW Government Announces Quad Bike Safety Rebates For Farmers

NSW Government Announces Quad Bike Safety Rebates For Farmers

The NSW Government has announced the $2 million quad bike safety rebate program proposed in the state budget has started today.

The program was announced by the NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Victor Dominello, at the NSW Farmers’ Association Conference in Sydney.

Under the scheme NSW farmers will be able to apply for a rebate of up to $500 from the government to help them put more safety measures in place around ATV’s.

NSW Government Announces Quad Bike Safety Rebates For FarmersThe $500 rebate can go towards the purchase of compliant helmets, operator protector devices including rollover bars, the purchase of a safer vehicle such as a side-by-side vehicle, and training courses tailored to farmers.

Quad bikes are currently a leading cause of death on Australian properties.

There have been over 220 deaths in the past 16 years and thousands more people have been seriously injured.

In 2013, SafeWork NSW funded a $1.3 million world-first testing and research project into quad bike safety.

Mr Dominello has described the resulting Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program as “the nation’s most comprehensive program of its kind”.

Richard Chamen, NSW Farmers Industrial Relations Chairman, agrees that the state government’s new safety program is a move in the right direction.

“The convenience and utility of having quad bikes on farms are crucial to the running of a farm on a daily basis, but there is also no denying that use of quad bikes can quickly turn dangerous,” he said.

“We are hopeful that this program will provide clear guidance on the way hazards relating to quad bike use can be practically managed on farms.”

There are up to 6,350 different rebates available, and farmers will need to attend an education program with SafeWork NSW to qualify for the rebates.

The rebates will be available until June 30 next year.

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Steve is the team’s motorcycle writer and contributes to the podcast each week. He started his “on air” career as a guest on 4BC where he met Joel, and has been with Behind the Wheel now for over 6 years. Steve’s fascination for anything with wheels and an engine started as a child and even though he still loves his cars, he found his true passion was with motorcycles. He is also an accredited rider trainer, consultant and coach. Check out Steve’s website – motorcyclelife.com.au
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