RAA supports safer rural communities
Monday, 1st May 2017
RAA today announced grant funding for sixteen community projects aimed at improving safety in regional communities.
Senior Manager Strategic Communications, Amanda Trainor, said RAA Insurance received a record amount of grant applications this year which is not surprising given that rural communities sometimes struggle to raise money or access funding.
“RAA’s Regional Safety Grants program has again supported a diverse range of sporting clubs, schools and community groups across the state from Tumby Bay to Mt Burr.
“The total grant pool of $50,940 has been distributed between 16 worthy projects around the state and in Broken Hill, that aim to improve the safety of rural South Australians,” said Ms Trainor.
The Beachport Surf Life Saving Club received $4,766 to purchase equipment and train patrols for the summer season. This will impact all beachgoers at Beachport who will have a patrolled beach for the first time ever.
In Mt Burr $2,015 will enable the local Football club to purchase a defibrillator so they will be able to host the finals. The Cleve Area School will be able to resume their Country Safe driver education program for students with a $5,000 grant, after discontinuing it last year due to a funding cut.
Bushfire support for rural communities is an important issue for RAA Insurance and a number of funded community projects focus on bushfire preparedness and safety. Hills Radio in Mt Barker received $5,000 to upgrade to FM so they can provide emergency broadcasting especially in relation to bushfire. A $2,411 grant will help Manoora Centenary Park clubrooms purchase firefighting equipment as they are a ‘last resort refuge’ for the area.
Other funded projects include safety fencing at schools and sporting clubs, upgrading of community vehicles, security equipment, defibrillators and first aid equipment.
For a full list of the 2017 RAA Regional Safety Grants recipients go to raa.com.au/grants.