Sarah Courtney,Minister for Building and Construction
The Hodgman Liberal Government’s 2019-20 Budget initiatives to improve quad bike safety for Tasmanians has been broadly welcomed by the state’s agriculture industry.
The 2019-20 Budget includes a $700,000 package of measures to improve quad bike safety, including a 12-month, $500,000 rebate scheme for the fitting of approved rollover or crush protection devices to farmers’ quad bikes from 1 July 2019.
This will allow farmers to receive a rebate of up to 50 per cent of the purchase price (to a maximum of $500 per device and $1000 for each eligible farm workplace) for an approved rollover or crush protection device.
To date there have been 11 quad bike related deaths in Tasmania between 2011 and 2019, which is one of the leading causes of death and injury on Australian farms.
In addition to fitting rollover and crush protection devices, we will also develop a public awareness and education campaign specifically designed to keep children safe around quad bikes.