RAA looks further than road safety

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TWO local clubs have received valuable safety focused grants through the RAA.


Tatiara Karting Club received $5000 to pay for a fencing upgrade and the Tintinara Action Club received $2600 to buy new chairs for elderly and bariatrics at the Tintinara War Memorial Institute.


Karting club president Ashley Nitschke and grant applicant Jeff Wiese said news of the grant was vital to install necessary fencing separating spectators and the pits from the race track.


“This will cover the complete cost for the fencing; the full quote was included in the application,” Mr Wiese said.


Mr Nitschke said other upgrades would follow the fence at the club’s cost, including an extension to the scorer box, construction of a scrutineering shed, pit lighting and effluent underground piping replacements.


The Tintinara hall addition will include one three seater and two single chairs which committee member Colleen Cavanagh said she was thankful to the action club for as part of their safety program.


“Seating is higher than the normal seating and they also have arms so that the person seated can push off of them,” Mrs Cavanagh said.


RAA senior manager strategic communications Amanda Trainor said the grants provided support for rural communities that may have unique safety challenges or limited access to funding compared to those in metro areas.


“The grant recipients include sporting clubs, schools and community groups across the State from Ceduna to Mount Gambier.


“Although it was difficult making the final selection, we feel the total grant pool of $54,720 has gone to projects that have the potential to really improve safety and even save lives in rural communities,” Ms Trainor said.


The RAA grants program is in its second year and regional groups have embraced the opportunity to improve safety in their schools, towns and community facilities


“RAA concerns itself with the safety and mobility of all South Australians, but we really wanted to actively support groups who are improving safety for people of all ages and backgrounds in country areas,” Ms Trainor said.


“We had an impressive list of applicants this year and look forward to continuing the program into the future.”

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