The Andrews Labor Government is working with local Victorian communities to enhance road safety awareness and minimise serious harm and injury on our roads.

Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that Wellsprings for Women will receive a $12,000 grant to establish a Road Safety for New Arrivals program. The program will aim to increase overall road safety and awareness in the area by supporting newly arrived migrant women to feel confident on our roads and to assist them in obtaining a driver’s licence.

The Road Safety for New Arrivals initiative will support local migrant women through tailored road safety education programs and driving lessons delivered by trained instructors. This initiative will aim to promote safe driving habits and provide newly arrived migrant women as well as empowering them to successfully obtain a driver’s license.

The funding is being delivered as part of the $1.3 million VicRoads Community Road Safety Grants Program, in which community-based organisations will aim to deliver programs to provide local solutions to road safety concerns.

These grants will focus on a range of initiatives including cyclist safety such as bike education at schools, pedestrian safety including ‘safer to school’ programs, motorcyclist skills training, road safety awareness and skills for newly arrived migrants.

Grants will also fund road side banners, speed advisory signs, and mobile billboards to communicate specific messages to road users at sites identified by local communities.