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Bike rebate extended

By Country News

NSW’s quad bike rebate scheme is set to be extended for another year, with the NSW Government committing an additional $1million towards the program.

Introduced in 2016, the Quad Bike Safety Rebate Program has seen farmers invest more than $21million to improve quad bike safety, according to NSW Farmers president Derek Schoen.

‘‘The Rebate Program incentivises farmers to consider the right vehicle for the right tasks and available safety measures such as operator protection device and helmets,’’ he said.

SafeWork NSW executive director of operations Tony Williams said the program played a vital role in contributing to a reduction in the number of quad-bike-related injuries and fatalities.

‘‘Quad bikes are a leading cause of death on Australian properties, with more than 230 deaths since 2001, and thousands more people seriously injured,’’ Mr Williams said.

‘‘Every fatality has an immeasurable effect on families, friends and communities.’’

Since the commencement of the program, the NSW Government has issued more than $1.5million in quad bike safety rebates and trained more than 840 farmers and farm workers through its accredited training program.

Mr Schoen said the farmers’ group continued to support safety rating schemes for quad bikes and side-by-sides.

‘‘Quad bikes and side-by-sides are products where you don’t know the vehicle performance until you purchase one and use it for several days on the farm,’’ he said.

‘‘There are quad bikes with various specifications available in the market. Having easy-to-understand safety rating information at point of purchase will assist farmers to make better and safer decisions.’’

The program offers two rebates worth up to $1000 each to farmers who adopt a range of quad bike harm prevention strategies.

On behalf of SafeWork, Tocal College is delivering free accredited quad bike training which helps participants operate quad bikes safely and carry out routine checks and maintenance.

Each farmer and farm worker who completes the training also receives a free helmet.