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Community Grants for safer, greener and more active travel

30 Jun 2017

Over $40,000 in Community Grants have been awarded to eight 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 annual Community Grants program supports small scale projects that improve road safety, encourage smart 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 eight recent projects including:

  • Teen Challenge – Client focussed cycling project - $4,430. Teen Challenge will purchase bicycles to assist their clients to develop skills and confidence in cycling to sustain active travel habits. The bicycles will be used by their clients to attend various appointments and essential services whilst reducing the number of kilometres travelled by their mini bus and fleet vehicles.
  • Mount Barker District Council – Work bike project - $6,382.60. Mount Barker District Council will purchase bicycles to encourage active travel to meetings across their three main worksites, with an aim to build active travel to meetings as an organisational norm, resulting in a reduction of fleet vehicle and taxi use.
  • Uniting Communities – Videoconferencing project funded through MAC - $10,500. DPTI, in partnership with MAC is supporting Uniting Communities to implement a project which aims to embed a culture of video conferencing between their metropolitan and regional sites. This project will result in improved road safety outcomes and economic benefits to Uniting Communities and the wider community.
  • Regional Council of Goyder – Videoconferencing project funded through MAC - $5,067. DPTI, in partnership with MAC is supporting the Regional Council of Goyder to implement a video conferencing project to reduce road safety risks for young people and their families having to drive long distances on country roads to attend meetings. This project aims to improve road safety by addressing issues of fatigue and reducing the number of less experienced or newly licensed drivers travelling along country roads.
  • South Australian Tourism Commission – Work bike project - $4,025. The South Australian Tourism Commission will purchase bicycles to facilitate greener travel and aims to embed active travel as an organisational cultural norm.
  • Port Pirie Regional Council – Work bike project - $3,210. Port Pirie Regional Council will purchase bicycles to improve staff travel options to meetings, with an aim of reducing their carbon footprint and to embed active travel as an organisational cultural norm.
  • Renewal SA – Community cargo bike project - $6,720. Renewal SA will purchase a cargo bike to reduce the reliance on motor vehicle transport to and from the Park Terrace Community Garden for its members and the community. This project aims to encourage active means of transporting goods to and from the Park Terrace Community Garden.
  • Seacon Consulting Engineers – work bike project $1,515. Secon Consulting Engineering will purchase bicycles to encourage their staff to actively travel for their workplace journeys. This project aims to reduce the organisations car use by 50%.

The next round of Community Grants will open 31 July 2017. More information about the funding criteria is available at www.dpti.sa.gov.au/communitygrants, via (08) 8343 2644 or through emailing dpti.communitygrants@sa.gov.au.