Matters of State | Grey nomads take to the trail

A Boost: Life-saving wire rope barriers, audio tactile line markings and more highway patrol officers in regional areas are just a handful of initiatives being delivered.
A Boost: Life-saving wire rope barriers, audio tactile line markings and more highway patrol officers in regional areas are just a handful of initiatives being delivered.

Caravan Regos Slashed

Grey nomads, families and adventurers will all benefit from a 40 per cent reduction in registering their caravans and camper trailers, following the NSW Government’s decision to ease travel costs for caravanners. 

The Government recognises the need to reduce costs associated with these popular vehicles, and this reduction in motor vehicle tax will allow people to spend their money on the things they love – including camping and caravanning around NSW, having a positive flow on effect for local business and tourism. 

The change will apply to towed caravans and purpose-built camper trailers weighing up to 4.5 tonnes, putting a saving of up to $471 back into the pockets of hard working families across the state. 

Towed caravans and purpose-built camper trailers that are privately registered will be eligible for the 40 per cent reduction in motor vehicle tax.

Customers will still be required to pay the standard NSW registration fees including the annual fee of $65. Changes will come into effect from November 1. Visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au.

Record Roads Funding

Life-saving wire rope barriers, audio tactile line markings and more highway patrol officers in regional areas are just a handful of initiatives being delivered as part of a record road safety package.

A boost of $600 million in additional funding has been announced this week for dedicated road safety improvements and enhanced police enforcement.

The cash injection brings the total investment in reducing deaths and serious injuries on NSW roads over the next five years to $1.9 billion. Any loss of life on our roads is one too many and so this investment is about making our roads safer for everyone in NSW.

We are investing in proven initiatives to lower the road toll and these include having a serious focus on speeding, drink and drug driving, driver fatigue and pedestrian and cyclist safety.

This historic investment can only go so far in reducing road deaths and serious injuries and we need every driver, rider and pedestrian to do their bit by taking responsibility for their actions on the road. Visit www.towardszero.nsw.gov.au/roadsafetyplan.

CBP funding

This is your last chance with applications closing at 5pm this Friday for this year’s Community Building Partnership Fund. Applicants must read the program guidelines to ensure their club or organisation and proposed project are eligible.

For more information about the NSW Government’s 2018 Community Building Partnership Program, visit the www.nsw.gov.au/cbp.

 Divert waste from landfill

Applications are now open for grants worth up to $1.3 million to local councils across NSW to introduce and enhance kerbside organic bin collection services. The funding is available through the sixth round of the Organics Collections program, delivered through a partnership between the Environment Protection Authority and NSW Environmental Trust and part of the Waste Less, Recycle More program.

These grants are available to councils for the purchase of bins and kitchen caddies and for education to introduce new food and garden waste collection services in local communities. Funding is also available for investigating food waste collections in multi-unit dwellings.

Additionally, for the first time projects that involve collection of food waste from businesses will also be eligible for funding, with up to $500,000 available for 50% of the cost of collection vehicles and bins.

Applications close on June 28. For more information on the organics collections grants and webinar visit http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/localgov-organics.htm.