The Country Women’s Association of NSW met with other members of the NSW Quad Bike Industry Action Group in Dubbo last Tuesday to discuss opportunities for farmers and their workers to take advantage of a new $500 quad bike safety rebate from SafeWork NSW.
CWA of NSW is proud to be part of this important initiative, aimed at preventing unnecessary deaths and injuries from quad bike accidents, which we all know have tragic and far-reaching consequences for farming families and communities across the state.
A staggering 220 people were needlessly killed on Australian farms since 2001 and thousands more injured. A target has been set to drive down quad bike-related deaths and serious injuries in NSW to zero by 2020 but it will take a community effort to achieve this goal.
Farmers can play their part by simply taking advantage of SafeWork NSW’s $500 rebates to purchase helmets, operator protective devices, side-by-side vehicles, and a subsidised one-day training course offered by Department of Primary Industry’s Tocal College.
The course, running in regional areas across NSW is a nationally recognised qualification providing participants the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills in maintaining and operating quad bikes in rural workplaces.
In addition to the $500 available to farm businesses, individual farm workers are also eligible for rebates for helmets and training.
To boost awareness, a series of advertisements are currently running across regional radio and newspapers, encouraging farmers and farm workers to take advantage of the rebates and contribute to the goal of ending quad bike deaths and serious injuries.
The rebate and the Industry Action Group is part of the NSW Government’s $2 million Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program to support land managers to adopt a range of harm prevention strategies to protect workers, family members and themselves.
The Industry Action Group of which Country Women’s Association of NSW is a member, includes a range of stakeholders representing the motor vehicle manufacturing industry, rural sector, government and emergency services.