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Community Grants for safer, greener and more active travel

Friday, 2 February 2018

Over $60,000 in Community Grants have been awarded to ten community projects that promote safer, greener and more active modes of travel.

Funded by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) in conjunction with the Motor Accident Commission (MAC), the Community Grants program supports small scale projects that improve road safety, encourage efficient use of cars, and provide alternative modes of transport to driving.

Each year a total of $100,000 is provided in grant funding to organisations, with the most recent projects including:

District Council of Cleve – $2,600.90
DPTI, in partnership with the MAC, is supporting the District Council of Cleve to implement a videoconferencing project aiming to encourage less travel time for staff and community members for meetings and training sessions.

YMCA of South Australia Youth and Family Services Inc. – $4,658.67
YMCA SA will purchase six tricycles with carry baskets to support older people to be independent and active by replacing car and taxi trips with active travel. The tricycles will be managed through the Community Centre and can be booked by community members.

Uniting Communities – $7,335.00
Uniting Communities will purchase an electric rickshaw bike to replace car journeys for a fun and greener mode of transport for older people at the Felixstow aged care service. Volunteers and families can use the bike to actively travel with residents to shopping centres and within the local community.

St John Ambulance SA – $11,019.00
DPTI, in partnership with the MAC, is supporting St John Ambulance SA to implement a video conferencing project. Members and volunteers based at their Pt Pirie, Pt Augusta and Whyalla divisions will be able to have online meetings and training sessions reducing the need for their staff and the wider community to travel long distances.

Anglicare SA – $9,884.37
DPTI, in partnership with the MAC, is supporting Anglicare SA to reduce staff travel between their major sites by delivering a videoconferencing project. This project will support staff in five different locations to hold face-to-face meetings, removing the need to travel and reducing the organisation’s impact on the environment.

Indulkana Anangu School - $6,600.00
The Indulkana Anangu School will purchase 10 bikes and associated safety equipment to support a bike program for the students at the School. The program aims to teach children how to ride bikes safely in the community and change community perceptions on how bike riding can replace short car trips.

District Council Karoonda East Murray – $4,403.00
DPTI, in partnership with the Motor Accident Commission, is supporting the District Council Karoonda East Murray to deliver a videoconferencing project. This project aims to reduce the time staff and community members spend on country roads travelling for meetings, training, and conferences to improve community road safety in rural areas.

City of Unley – $6,449.92
The City of Unley will purchase two electric bikes and associated safety equipment to expand their work bike fleet. There has been a high demand for the bikes to use for transport to meetings and other business associated activities of the Council.

Women on the Land (WoTL) Ltd – $5,775.00
WoTL will trial various on-line workshop and training delivery models to determine which model best assist people in rural and remote locations to attend their courses without the need to travel long distances.

Chinese Welfare Association of SA – $4,977.50
The Chinese Welfare Association will deliver a range of information sessions for new migrants to increase their knowledge and confidence on how to use public transport.