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The Victorian Government will provide selected local councils up to $100,000 for road safety projects under its Transport Accident Commission grants program.

Local councils across the state are encouraged to apply for their share in funding, as part of the TAC’s Local Government Area Grants program.

The grants program offers local councils the opportunity to apply for funding for a range of projects including:

  • Low-cost infrastructure treatments, which address cyclist or pedestrian road safety issues in a local community and are based on sound research or established road safety principles
  • The trial of innovative treatments, including evaluations and safety infrastructure
  • Analysis of pedestrian and cyclist road safety issues and risk factors which will provide the basis for potential road safety measures and design processes

Local Victorian councils who received grants through 2019’s program included:

  • Darebin City Council – $100,000 for project at Newlands Primary School aiming to increase the number of students using active transport to get to and from school, by implementing travel behaviour programs and constructing road safety treatments on identified active travel routes
  • Hume City Council – $100,000 for installation of pedestrian operated signals and raised hump at Hothlyn Drive, Craigieburn, to reduce the dangers to pedestrians crossing the road to and from the train station
  • Mount Alexander Shire – $30,000 to develop designs for a pedestrian crossing treatment on Walker Street, Castlemaine, to increase safety for pedestrians visiting popular local destinations

Local councils can apply for grants of up to $30,000 for analysis projects, and up to $100,000 for safety upgrades.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll, said the grants program was all about empowering locals to address the road safety issues that matter in their communities.

“I encourage every local council to apply for funding, so we can work together to boost safety on our roads,” Mr Carroll said.

Applications are open until 3pm on August 19.

Information on the grant program, including dates, guidelines and how to apply can be found here

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