Pro­duc­ers can cash in on SUV re­bates, for safety sake

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

MANSFIELD Shire farm­ers can now access up to $1200 in re­bates on the pur­chase of a new SUV or SSV.

The funds are part of the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment $6 mil­lion sub­sidy scheme, aimed at re­duc­ing the num­ber of quad bike re­lated fa­tal­i­ties.

Last year 22 quad bike re­lated fa­tal­i­ties were recorded in Aus­tralia, with one oc­cur­ring in Mer­ri­jig this year when a pro­ducer - check­ing fences – flipped his bike.

“There has been a lot of in­ter­est in the side-by-side ve­hi­cles re­cently,” Mark Cronin, from the Stihl Shop Mansfield, ex­plained.

“Peo­ple are be­com­ing more aware that they are the safest op­tion for on-farm use, and, com­pared to a quad bike, of­fer a much more prac­ti­cal farm­ing op­tion.”

Un­der the scheme, the govern­ment will pro­vide $1200 to­wards the pur­chase of a new side-by-side ve­hi­cle (SSV), or a small util­ity ve­hi­cle (SUV).

For those want­ing to keep their quad bikes, $600 will be avail­able for the pur­chase of rollover pro­tec­tion bars – but the cost of in­stal­la­tion must be worn by the pro­ducer.

“Apart from be­ing safer, SSV’s have a lot more to of­fer than the tra­di­tional quad bike,” Mr Cronin said.

“They can l egally carry t wo peo­ple safely, with a 600 kilo ca­pac­ity, and can tow a fur­ther 600 kilo­grams.

“De­pend­ing on the model, they can come in four wheel drive, with winches, cabs, tip­per trays, the lot – they can re­place not just a quad bike, but the tra­di­tional farm ute as well.”

The re­bate is only avail­able on pur­chases made from this month, and will run for ei­ther two years or un­til the six mil­lion dol­lar scheme is ex­hausted.

The scheme will be ad­min­is­tered by the Vic­to­rian Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion (VFF) and WorkSafe, with re­bates al­lo­cated on a first come, first served ba­sis.

“The safety of em­ploy­ees must al­ways come first,” Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, Jaala Pul­ford, said.

“For farm­ers, their em­ploy­ees are of­ten their loved ones, so safety must al­ways be the num­ber one pri­or­ity.”

A more de­tailed list of who can and can­not ap­ply for the re­bates is avail­able on the WorkSafe Vic­to­ria web­site. 20 HIGH STREET, MANSFIELD. VIC. 3722 mans­field­[email protected]­ FIT­TING SER­VICE AVAIL­ABLE

$1200 OFF: The Vic­to­rian Govern­ment, in con­junc­tion with WorkSafe, has agreed to pay for rollover pro­tec­tion for farm­ers want­ing to have the pro­tec­tion bars fit­ted to their quad bikes, or of­fer­ing a $1200 re­bate on the pur­chase of new side-by-side ve­hi­cles, such as a John Deere Ga­tor (pic­tured).

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