ShoreTrack successful in application for State Government Community Road Safety Grant

Young local man Braiden Jarrett getting his driving hours up with help from ShoreTrack staff member James Pesarra.

THE Nambucca Valley’s ShoreTrack is one of the grassroots groups across NSW set to share in more than $400,000 worth of new funding thanks to Community Road Safety Grants delivered by the State Government.

Supported through the Community Road Safety Grants program, nineteen groups will each receive up to $30,000 to roll out projects that will increase road safety awareness and support safer road use.

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Projects approved in round nine of the grants program include free or subsidised driver education for disadvantaged and Indigenous youths, a courtesy bus to reduce drink driving in Regional NSW, a program to help newly arrived refugees navigate NSW road rules and training to improve road safety for children with disabilities as passengers in motor vehicles.

One of the problems that disadvantaged, disengaged or vulnerable young people in our community have is getting the required driving hours up to enable them to earn their drivers licence.

ShoreTrack works hard, with support from Uniting and trained volunteers, to provide appropriate licensed drivers for this purpose however vehicles, fuel, and other resources require funding.

“This grant means that during the year ahead we will be able to fund driving lessons and pay for fuel and vehicle maintenance, greatly enhancing our ability to get the required driving hours up for our young people,” ShoreTrack’s Jill Ashley told News Of The Area.

NSW Minister for Roads John Graham added, “These grants will empower community groups to tackle a range of road safety issues head on, with a laser focus and at a local level.

“Projects to be delivered will be spread across metropolitan and regional areas, with key at-risk groups a major focus, as we look to promote further awareness of Towards Zero and getting everyone home safely.”


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