Regional quad bike safety campaign launched

The NSW Government is actively working with the NSW Police to ensure the safety of farmers while at work on the farm.

Minister for Better Regulation, Matt Kean and NSW Police State Rural Crime Coordinator Detective Inspector Cameron Whiteside launched the regional quad bike safety campaign in Orange on Monday together with local farmer, Graham Brown.

Mr. Brown has been a strong advocate for quad bike safety in 2015, following a 2015 incident where he narrowly escaped serious injuries.

Important safety messages will be shared at major agricultural events throughout the year in Casino, Dubbo, Gunnedah, Henty, Mudgee, Orange, and Sydney.

“NSW Police are the first responders to quad bike incidents and work closely with SafeWork officers when tragedy strikes, and two voices are better than one when it comes to spreading the safety message,” said Mr. Kean.

Police have been successful in promoting helmets use on bicycles and motorbikes and they want to promote the use of helmet in quad bike space too.

“Teaching children about the importance of farm safety will help them form positive attitudes and behaviours about safety that will last throughout adulthood,” said Det Insp Whiteside.

Children who visit the SafeWork stand at the events this year will receive a showbag so they can create their competition entry as well as fun activities to help them stay safe on the farm.

“No one wants to see another farmer killed or seriously injured while using a quad bike, so any steps we can take to support that effort is a certainly positive thing,” said Bathurst MP Paul Toole.

The launch also builds on the Government’s Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program, which provides free training and helmets for those who complete the course, as well as rebates for protective devices, and safer side-by-side vehicles.

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