Producers can cash in on SUV rebates, for safety sake
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]pond.com 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).