Hunter farmers will now receive free quad bike training in a major boost to the safety improvement program aimed at reducing the number of deaths and injuries on rural properties across NSW.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald said that eligible farmers and their workers who complete an approved training course will also receive a free helmet – worth around $120 - suitable for use while they are riding their quad bikes. These changes announced represent a further saving to farmers of up to $230.
SafeWork NSW has partnered with Tocal College to deliver up to 100 training events in regional and remote areas across NSW. From 8 May, free training will also be available through authorised Registered Training Organisations. Eligible farmers and their workers who complete this training also receive a helmet compliant to NZS 8600:2002.
Previously, farmers attending an approved training course (costing up to $510) received a rebate of $310.
Mr MacDonald said more than 200 farmers had attended Tocal College training days since the quad bike safety program was launched last year.
“I want as many farmers and field staff in the Hunter to undertake this training so they can be as safe as possible at work on their properties,” Mr MacDonald said.
In March, the Government doubled the rebates to $1000 for the purchase of a side-by-side vehicle, $500 for the retrofitting of operator protective device to an existing quad bike and $90 for the purchase of an approved helmet.
Farmers can apply for two rebates, up to the value of $2000, recognising that farmers often have more than one quad bike.
See SafeWork.nsw.gov.au for more information.
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