State Matters with Paul Toole

Quad Bike Safety Top Priority

Have your say: With local weeds in full bloom, it’s a great opportunity to have your say on management in the Bathurst Electorate.

Have your say: With local weeds in full bloom, it’s a great opportunity to have your say on management in the Bathurst Electorate.

THERE have been four quad bike fatalities in NSW since the beginning of 2017.

That is four too many.

Last July the NSW Government responded to increasing safety concerns to help address quad bike safety; including rebates for the purchase of side by side vehicles, fitting of safety equipment, helmets and training.

In response to these tragic, and avoidable deaths, the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program has doubled the rebate for the purchase of side-by-side vehicle to $1,000, $500 for the retrofitting of safety equipment to an existing quad bike, and $90 for the purchase of an approved helmet.

As many farmers have more than one quad bike, they can now also apply for two rebates as opposed to the initial offer of one.

To qualify for rebates, farmers are required to complete the online course, do a quad bike safety course, or interact with a SafeWork NSW Officer – which can be as easy as a conversation at a field day.

Let’s not have to hear of another avoidable tragedy – make sure your knowledge and gear is up to scratch and you’re protected at all times on your bike.

Visit for more information and to watch the online presentation.

New Scheme to deliver cheaper Green Slips in 2017

NSW Motorists are set to benefit from more affordable CTP Green Slips under a new proposal announced by the state government this week.

The changes will address problems with the current CTP scheme including

  • Premium unaffordability
  • Delays in payment of benefits to people injured on NSW roads,
  • And reducing fraudulent and exaggerated claims that are driving up premiums.

The current scheme has become the least affordable in the country with just 45 cent in very Green Slip dollar returned to those who need it most – injured road users.

The rest is chewed up in scheme costs, including insurance profits, legal fees and medical fees.

On average, NSW motorists will save $120 off their Green Slip under the new Scheme.

Changes are likely to come into effect from December 2017, for more information visit

NAIDOC Week grants to celebrate Aboriginal culture

The NSW Government is again offering small grants for grass roots organisations to run local events in 2017 marking NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC week is the annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

NAIDOC, which stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee, is held nationally each year in the first full week of July.

This year NAIDOC will run from July 2-9.

It is an opportunity to get together and celebrate the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our communities.

Grant applications are open now and close April 27.

For more information and how to apply, visit the Aboriginal Affairs website at

More time to have your say on weeds management

Local Land Services (LLS) is extending the public consultation period for its draft weeds management plans until March 29.

The consultation period is an opportunity for stakeholders, organisations and interested community members to provide feedback on the management of weeds in their area.

Copies of regional plans, factsheets, frequently asked questions and feedback forms are available at