Quad bike re­bates ex­ten­sion wel­comed

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - On The Land -

Farm safety has been given a boost with the NSW Gov­ern­ment com­mit­ting a fur­ther one mil­lion dol­lars to ex­tend the Quad Bike Safety Re­bate Pro­gram for another 12 months.

NSW Farm­ers’ Pres­i­dent, Derek Schoen said while quad bikes are in­valu­able work ve­hi­cles, they are one of the main causes of fa­tal­i­ties on farm.

“The Re­bate Pro­gram in­cen­tivises farm­ers to con­sider the right ve­hi­cle for the right tasks and avail­able safety mea­sures such as op­er­a­tor pro­tec­tion de­vice and hel­mets.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate the Re­bate Pro­gram is a part of a com­pre­hen­sive Quad Bike Safety Im­prove­ment Pro­gram which in­cludes train­ing and greater aware­ness rais­ing,“Mr Schoen said.

The Min­is­ter’s an­nounce­ment also in­cludes a com­mit­ment of $700,000 for funded train­ing and a com­mu­ni­ca­tions cam­paign.

NSW Farm­ers is an ac­tive stake­holder in farm safety is­sues, in par­tic­u­lar quad bike safety. This $1.7 mil­lion bud­get com­mit­ment aligns with the ap­proach NSW Farm­ers has been ad­vo­cat­ing for, where safety im­prove­ments are driven by education, as­sis­tance and part­ner­ship with in­dus­try.

“The Quad Bike Safety Re­bate Pro­gram in­tro­duced in 2016 has been highly suc­cess­ful, the ini­tial fund­ing of $1,522,000 has been fully ex­pended and farm­ers have in­vested more than $21 mil­lion in improving quad bike safety,” Mr Schoen said.

NSW Farm­ers is also a sup­porter of the in­tro­duc­tion of a safety rat­ing scheme for quad bikes and side by sides.

“Quad bikes and side by sides are prod­ucts where you don’t know the ve­hi­cle per­for­mance un­til you pur­chase one and use it for sev­eral days on the farm. There are quad bikes with var­i­ous spec­i­fi­ca­tions avail­able in the mar­ket. Hav­ing easy to un­der­stand safety rat- ing in­for­ma­tion at point of pur­chase will as­sist farm­ers to make bet­ter and safer de­ci­sions,” said Mr Schoen.

NSW Farm­ers ad­min­is­ters the Quad Bike Safety Re­bates Pro­gram on be­half of SafeWork NSW.

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