Quad bike safety should be a priority: CWA

An agriculture teacher demonstrates quad bike safety at TAFE Western. Photo: TAYLOR JURD
An agriculture teacher demonstrates quad bike safety at TAFE Western. Photo: TAYLOR JURD

Farming families have been urged to prioritise quad bike safety, with five people losing their lives in separate quad bike crashes in NSW this year.

The toll includes two children – a six-year-old girl near Pilliga and a seven-year-old boy near Griffith – as well as two men in the Central West.

Country Women’s Association of NSW President Annette Turner issued the appeal for caution, saying “unnecessary deaths and injuries from quad bike accidents … have tragic and far-reaching consequences for farming families and communities across the state”.

Mrs Turner said farming families should take advantage of rebates through the NSW government’s Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.

“Recently the Government has doubled the rebate to $1000 for the purchase of a side-by-side vehicle, $500 for the retrofitting of safety equipment to an existing quad bike, and $90 for the purchase of an approved helmet,” Mrs Turner said.

Call 13 10 50 or visit www.nswfarmers.org.au for more information about rebates.