A pedestrian crossing.

The Victorian Government has announced the launch of 2023’s TAC Local Government Grant Program, which is set to help local governments improve road safety.

Analysis grants of up to $30,000 and infrastructure grants of up to $100,000, with a matched one to one contribution from the LGA, are available for projects that adopt Safe System principles to reduce crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists.

The Safe System is a holistic approach to road safety that recognises different elements of the road environment must work together to keep everyone safe – these elements include roads and roadsides, vehicles, travel speeds, and road users.

The program now also includes grants of up to $30,000 for developing Road Safety strategies and action plans, and a further $30,000 for purchasing Variable Message Signs.

Previous projects funded through the program include a raised pedestrian crossing (wombat crossing) in Warrnambool City Council and the development of concept plans for a cycling corridor in the City of Greater Dandenong.

The program opened on 4 July and will close at 3pm on 9 August.

Victorian Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Melissa Horne, said creating a safe road network is crucial to reducing the number of lives lost on Victoria’s roads. 

“These grants empower local governments to proactively work to improve road safety for their communities and address local road issues,” Ms Horne said. 

Transport Accident Commission CEO, Tracey Slatter, said Victoria’s local councils are responsible for roads that are often used by cyclists and pedestrians and they are best-placed to identify what infrastructure is needed to keep them safe.

“Improving road safety in Victoria is everyone’s responsibility and these grants will ensure we’re supporting local councils to improve the overall health and mobility of their communities.”

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