Council’s in Melbourne’s north can now apply for a state government grant to help address road safety concerns in the municipality.
Applications opened on Monday, June 20 for the 2022 Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Local Government Grant Program, offering funding to local councils for projects that aim to reduce death and serious injury in pedestrians and cyclists.
Councils can apply for grants of up to $30,000 for analysis projects, and up to $100,000 for infrastructure projects – with conditional 1:1 contribution from the recipient.
The program is designed to engage Victorian communities in the Victorian Road Safety Strategy, by supporting councils to address road safety issues affecting vulnerable road users in their local areas.
“No Victorian should experience the devastating impacts of road trauma – these grants will help us create safer road environments across the state and embed a culture of road safety within the Victorian community,” Roads and road safety minister Ben Carroll said.
“Walking and cycling are great ways to stay healthy and move around and these grants will not only improve the safety of vulnerable road users but continue to foster liveable cities that encourage active transport.”
While the primary focus of the TAC LGA Grant Program is pedestrians and cyclists, applicants are encouraged to consider projects that will also address the safety of other road users.
Examples of previous submissions include wombat crossings on local streets, in-depth walking and cycling audits around schools, and off-road cycling facilities.
Applications close on Wednesday, 27 July, with grant recipients being notified by November 2022.