LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO BENEFIT FROM ROAD SAFETY GRANTS

Written on the 5 December 2019 by Kevin Conolly

Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly today welcomed the news that communities in the greater North West region of Sydney will share in Community Road Safety Grants worth a total of $435,375 to fund local road safety awareness projects in NSW.

The Blue Datto Foundation, one of 29 community groups which has benefited from a grant under this program, has received $29,750 for providing local awareness activities to over 750 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds on road safety.

The Blue Datto Foundation, which operates in Western Sydney, the Hawkesbury and the Central Coast, was established following the death of 17 year old Philip Vassallo, "the kid in the blue datto", in a crash in which both drivers were red "P"- platers.

Mr Conolly said the program has provided the Blue Datto Foundation with the opportunity to run local projects that will increase road safety awareness and understanding among young drivers and support safer road use.

"The NSW Liberal Government is working hard to promote road safety and locally run projects such as these will help increase road safety awareness and support safer road use," said Mr Conolly.

The Community Road Safety Grants program has now funded 137 projects since 2015 and is an important contributor to efforts to drive the road toll towards zero and reduce injuries from road crashes.

Other projects funded around the state include technology to prevent collisions with wildlife; road safety education for refugees, seniors and Aboriginal communities; support for learner driver mentoring programs; workshops for culturally and linguistically diverse communities and people with intellectual disabilities; and an initiative to discourage young surfers from texting and driving.

For more information about the Community Road Safety Grants and the full list of projects please visit

http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/aboutthecentre/communitygrants/index.html


Author: Kevin Conolly

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