Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP today announced that local farmers in Berry will be among the first in our State to experience a new SafeWork NSW quad bike virtual reality training program.
Mr Ward said that the program, which will make its official debut at Agquip Farm Field Days this month, gave farmers a unique insight into the risks of driving a quad bike.
“Quad bikes are the biggest killer on Australian farms, with 118 people killed since 2011, including 33 in NSW alone,” Mr Ward said.
“The quad bike virtual reality experience gives farmers a unique virtual insight into how quickly a quad bike can roll over, and the real impact it can have on their livelihood.
“I encourage all farmers and farm workers visiting Berry Small Farm Field Days to have a crack at the virtual reality experience, it might just save your life.”
Mr Ward said that all eligible farmers and farm workers that visit the SafeWork stand could also qualify for its quad bike and small business rebates, valued at up to $2,500.
“SafeWork is absolutely committed to working with the farming sector to improve safety,” he said.
“The $3.7 million Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program offers two rebates worth up to $1,000 each to farmers to replace their existing quad bike, or have it fitted with safety equipment.
“The Small Business Rebate Program also offers rebates of up to $500 to farmers and businesses who make safety improvements.
“So please, have a chat with the staff at SafeWork’s stand at Berry Small Farm Field Days about how to improve safety on your farm.
“The Field Day is being held from 7-8 September at Berry Showground, Albany Street, Berry. The SafeWork NSW stand will be located in Section B,” Mr Ward said.
For further information, please visit www.safework.nsw.gov.au or call 13 10 50.
For further information, please visit the website at: www.events.tafensw.edu.au/open-day.