Children at Kootingal and District Preschool are set to receive a safety boost with Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announcing the first instalment of funding for local road safety projects as part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 million Community Road Safety Grants Program.


Mr Anderson said the preschool has received $5000 which will be used to build a track and crossing with road safety signs within the preschool yard for the children to learn road safety skills in a safe environment.


“This is a great initiative which will allow educators at Kootingal Preschool to show children how to safely cross the street and learn about road signs.


“There aren’t many crossings in Kootingal so the new track will give children a new opportunity to learn about road safety.”


Mr Anderson said the NSW Government is supporting local organisations that deliver vital work to help keep our communities safe on and around our roads.


“We all know the value of local knowledge and our communities have specific road safety issues that can be best addressed through local initiatives.


“These grants are designed to give a helping hand to community groups who are working to spread the road safety message and encourage people to be safer road users.”


The grant is one of 15 projects to receive $136,235 under the first instalment of funding under round three of the Community Road Safety Grants Program.


With a total of 72 applications received from across NSW for this round – 13 more than in round two – and an increase in the quality of the applications, successful grants are being announced in two instalments.


“Last year 380 people lost their lives on our roads and every year more than 12,000 people are seriously injured,” Mr Anderson said.


“These are not just numbers, they are real people lost to their families, friends and communities forever or seriously injured with potentially lifelong impacts.


“These grants are a great way for everyone to think about how they can contribute to improving road safety in their everyday lives and in their local communities.”


More information about the grants is available at: roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au

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