Farmers urged to access safety rebate
Farmers have 12 months to access the NSW Government’s $2,000 rebate on side-by-side vehicles and join more than 4,000 customers who have bought a safer alternative to traditional quad bikes.
Minister for Fair Trading Eleni Petinos said further rebates were available to farmers and rural businesses who undertook an eligible SafeWork training course.
“We are encouraging farmers to access these rebates which can go towards the purchase of eligible side-by-side vehicles, roll bars, compliant helmets and drones which can help check stock, fences, and dams,” Ms Petinos said.
“Since being introduced, the rebate program has supported the purchase of almost 4,400 new side-by-side vehicles, 1,339 Operator Protective Devices for second hand quad bikes, 843 helmets and 212 drones.
To support improved quad bike safety, NSW Fair Trading has also visited more than 162 outlets across the state, to ensure new, general purpose quad bikes displayed for sale are equipped with roll bars.
“Quad bikes are the biggest killer on Australian farms with roll over the main cause of death, which is why the safety standard was introduced with mandatory roll bars as one of the key elements,” Ms Petinos said.
Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Dugald Saunders is encouraging producers and processors to apply for the rebates to insure themselves against unnecessary risk.
“Our farmers aren’t just the lifeblood of the Agriculture sector but they’re also so crucial to generating billions and billions of dollars for the NSW economy,” Mr Saunders said.
“The work they do is vital and can sometimes be dangerous, which is why it’s essential we take every step possible to alleviate the likelihood of an accident occurring.