Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP is today urging eligible local farmers and small businesses across our region to apply for a quad bike rebate after the NSW Government announced it will be expanding the eligibility criteria and extending the rebates until 2023.
“The agriculture industry is a significant employer in the Kiama electorate and I welcome the NSW Government’s efforts to make life easier and safer for our local primary producers and small businesses by expanding the eligibility criteria of these quad bike rebates, as well as extending the funding by $3.7 million,” Mr Ward said.
“These rebates are available for operator protective devices (roll bars), helmets, drones and upgrades to safer side-by-side vehicles to create safer working conditions on our farms as well as putting money back in the pockets of our farmers.
“More than 280 people have been killed on quad bikes in Australia in the past 20 years so I am urging people who use these vehicles for their work to apply for a rebate and to help make your property safer.
“It is so important that we do all we can to look after our local farmers, primary producers and small businesses that do so much for us,” Mr Ward said.
“Thanks to the Quad Bike Safety Rebate and Training Program, more than 1,000 roll bars have been installed, more than 750 helmets purchased, and more than 100 drones have been bought.
“Changes to the program now allow small working farms and rural businesses to take advantage of the $2,000 safety rebate and free training program which means that rural real estate agencies and contract pest control services can now access this rebate and training.
“The changes allow any number of rebate applications up to $2,000 per ABN, whereas previously only two applications could be made to access these rebate funds,” Mr Ward concluded.
For more information on rebates and free training from SafeWork NSW, and to check your eligibility, please visit the website at: https://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/advice-and-resources/rebate-programs.