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Towards Zero grants improve road safety in Northern Territory

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The Territory Government is working to improve road safety through the Towards Zero Road Safety Action Plan, empowering local community groups at the grass-roots level with the Toward Zero Quick Response Grants. 

In order to deliver effective education and awareness programs and activities to help keep people safe while on the road$20,000 of the Grants were made available for organisations to bring their road safety ideas to fruition. 

“We are doing everything we can to raise awareness of road safety in the Territory and it’s important to remember that every person whose life is taken or impacted by road trauma belongs to a family, a community, a school group, a sporting group,” Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Eva Lawler said. 

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and the Toward Zero Quick Response Grants mean that the road safety message is getting out to communities at the grassroots level.” 

The quick response grants will provide eligible groups and organisations up to $1000 for initiatives to promote safe driving behaviour and culture on the state’s roads. Funded through these grants are educational programs which will run from 16 to 23 May during National Road Safety Week. 

National Road Safety Week is an annual initiative from the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group in collaboration with road safety organisations and Local, State, Territory, and Federal Governments across Australia.

This year, the government is encouraging all schools, community groups, sporting clubs, not-for-profits organisations, and local governments to get involved with their own initiatives for the National Road Safety Week. 

National Road Safety Week is part of the Government’s Towards Zero Road Safety Action Plan which is aimed to raise awareness of the individual’s responsibility towards road safety.

Recently, the Territory Government invested close to $90,000 towards 18 organisations towards 2020-2021 Road Safety Grants. 

“This year we have seen workshops, ride-safe-to-school programs, mobile speed signage and e-learning tools – all great ways to get the road safety message out,” said Minister Lawler. 

Towards Zero Quick Response Grants of between $500 and $1,000 are available until 31 May 2021.

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