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VFF urges farmers to claim quad bike rebate

By Jamie Salter

The VFF is encouraging farmers to claim a $1200 quad bike rebate before the June 30 deadline.

The rebate applies to two quad bike operator protection devices (OPDs) or a safer alternative farm vehicle, as part of the Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme.

VFF president David Jochinke said quad bikes were a major cause of death and injury on Victorian farms.

“Tragically this year we’ve already had two deaths in Victoria related to quad bikes and nine across Australia, the majority which were a result of a rollover,” Mr Jochinke said.

“Safety is and must always be our top priority, we all have a role in keeping ourselves, our families and our workforce safe.”

The program has been running since 2016 and has been successful in upgrading thousands of quad bikes to safer alternatives, or installing protective OPDs on current models.

“More than 5000 Victorian farmers have already participated in the Quad Bike Safety Rebate Scheme, demonstrating their commitment to farm safety,” Mr Jochinke said.

“I encourage all farmers who haven’t yet taken advantage of this opportunity to get in before the scheme closes on Tuesday, June 30.”

For more information, phone the VFF on 1300 882 883 or visit: www.vff.org.au/quadbike