Funding for grassroots road safety initiatives

Seventy-two schools, councils and not-for-profit organisations across the state have received a boost from the Victorian Government for community road safety initiatives to reduce road trauma.

This year, 213 funded initiatives under the $1.5 million Community Road Safety Grants Project will target the needs of specific road user groups and provide best practice road safety education to help reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads. 

The program includes education sessions on road safety, promoting safer young drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians – and addressing issues such as fatigue and high-risk driver behaviour such as speeding and drink driving.

The program also funds roadside banners, speed advisory signage and mobile billboards as part of targeted community awareness campaigns. 

Funding is spread across the state including motorcycle safety sessions in Gippsland, Melbourne and the Grampians, cyclist safety in the Loddon Mallee and North East Victoria, safer routes to school initiatives in the South West and young driver education at 102 schools across the state.

It comes as the Transport Accident Commission offers Victoria’s local councils the chance to receive funding grants to help improve road safety in their region.

Projects with a focus on road safety analysis can receive up to $30,000 and infrastructure projects can receive up to $100,000.  The program is open to council applications across the state until July 28 2021.

The grants programs support Victoria’s Road Safety Action Plan and Strategy 2021-2030, which set us on a path to halve road deaths and significantly reduce serious injuries by 2030.

For more information on the Community Road Safety Grants Program, visit the VicRoads website.