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RAA supports safety in rural communities

Monday, 5th Feb 2018

RAA today announced funding for a dozen community projects aimed at improving safety for regional communities.

Community group applicants from the north to the South East and west coast received funding for safety projects valued between $572 and almost $9000.

Many successful applicants for RAA Regional Safety Grants 2017/18 received funding for bushfire safety projects, including Country Fire Service brigades, schools and community progress associations.

RAA received almost 100 grant applications from rural communities, which can sometimes struggle to raise money or access funding, RAA Insurance spokesman Shaun Ryan said.

“RAA’s Regional Safety Grants program has again supported a diverse range of sporting clubs, schools and community groups across the state from Port Lincoln to Compton, near Mt Gambier,’’ he said.

“The total grant pool of just over $50,000 has been distributed between 12 worthy projects around the state, which aim to improve the safety of rural South Australians.’’

Bushfire support for rural communities is an important issue for RAA Insurance and it has funded a number of community projects focused on bushfire preparedness and safety in this sixth annual round of grants. 

These include almost $9,000 for a new training compound at the Stirling North CFS brigade near Port Augusta and a bushfire-fighting trailer worth more than $4000 for the Pine Point Progress Association on Yorke Peninsula.

Port Elliot Surf Life Saving Club also received $5000 towards the purchase of a new trailer for its inflatable rescue boat, while the Wudinna & Districts Road Safety Committee will be powering its speed safety sign with a $572 funded solar panel. 

Other safety initiatives funded included more than $1000 to provide safety equipment and clothing for primary school crossing monitors at Kadina Memorial School.

For a full list of the 2017/18 RAA Regional Safety Grants recipients go to raa.com.au/grants

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