Shepparton News

Four clubs cash in for driving road safety

- By Liam Nash

Four clubs housed under AFL Goulburn Murray’s banner have struck pay dirt through the Transport Accident Commission’s Club Rewards Program.

Deniliquin, Echuca, Shepparton East and Violet Town football netball clubs have netted cash in the latest rollout of the grants scheme aimed at requiting sporting organisati­ons which have promoted road safety throughout the season.

Through the program, clubs are eligible for up to $10,000 for their service.

AFL Goulburn Murray’s beneficiar­ies form a pool of more than 150 clubs across Victoria to share in the $1 million allocated to assist in launching projects such as safety improvemen­ts, updating equipment or fielding a women’s team.

After the heavy bearing of COVID-19 at grassroots level, head of AFL Victoria Brad Scott was quick to thank the TAC for its ongoing support.

“TAC has been an incredible supporter of community football clubs in Victoria for decades and the Club Rewards Program is yet another major show of support — with clubs set to benefit tremendous­ly with the financial boost,” Scott said.

Standing behind the cause for many clubs means donning blue armbands for TAC’s Road Safety Round, and despite its cancellati­on this year due to COVID-19 restrictio­ns, the message remains of the utmost importance.

With 182 lives lost on the Victorian roads this year compared with 169 at the same time last year, Roads and Road Safety Minister Ben Carroll praised clubs for bringing awareness to such a critical movement.

“This program is an opportunit­y to support clubs and reward them for their dedication to promoting road safety and keeping their members and the community safe on our roads,” Carroll said.

“Our grassroot football and netball clubs have struggled with interrupti­ons to the past two seasons due to coronaviru­s and the loss of important fundraisin­g events.”

Transport Accident Commission head of road safety Victoria Sam Cockfield reiterated Carroll’s statement.

“It will come as no surprise that most clubs throughout the state have been affected by road trauma, we saw some really powerful conversati­ons throughout this campaign that will encourage people to make safe decisions on our roads.”

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