More training to be provided for primary producers

PROGRAM: Grain Producers SA regional field officer Shane Gale says the funding will enable GPSA to continue to improve road access and heavy vehicle safety to members from all Primary Producer SA commodity groups. Photo: Grains Producers SA
PROGRAM: Grain Producers SA regional field officer Shane Gale says the funding will enable GPSA to continue to improve road access and heavy vehicle safety to members from all Primary Producer SA commodity groups. Photo: Grains Producers SA

Primary producers in South Australia will soon be able to access more heavy vehicle training, with Grain Producers SA (GPSA) set to receive funding through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator's (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative (HVSI).

The new project will use evidence to inform how road access can be improved for agricultural vehicles and primary producers.

The project will bring together an industry steering committee later this month.

NVHR Portal training will also be given to producers and other industry stakeholders as part of the project.

The project was one of 28 successful heavy vehicle safety initiatives to share in $5.5 million of funding from Round 6 of the HVSI.

GPSA regional field officer Shane Gale said the funding would enable GPSA to continue to improve road access and heavy vehicle safety to members from all Primary Producer SA commodity groups.

"The new funding will enable GPSA to conduct a comprehensive research study into the behaviour of South Australian primary producers in accessing public roads," he said.

"We will use those findings to develop a new education campaign in conjunction with NHVR and Primary Producers SA, to further improve safety for all road users while maintaining productivity for primary producers.

"This will form part of GPSA's commitment to improving heavy vehicle safety in the primary production sector for the benefit of our industry and regional communities."

GPSA said its other heavy vehicle education campaigns had proven popular among producers, with more than 95 per cent of attendees saying they would recommend the workshops they attended to other primary producers.

Mr Gale said GPSA was pleased to be supporting heavy vehicle safety for the primary production sector.

"The grain industry is reliant on the safe transport of grain on our roads and GPSA is committed to improving road safety not just for heavy vehicle operators, but for all road users," he said.

NHVR chief executive officer Sal Petroccitto said the HVSI program supported key initiatives that delivered tangible safety improvements for the heavy vehicle industry and all road users.

"The grants enable the NHVR, local governments, industry and other stakeholders to develop innovative solutions to achieve a shared goal of safer drivers, safer vehicles and safer road use for all Australians," he said.

"I look forward to working with GPSA to deliver agricultural vehicle notice and portal training and improve road safety for everyone."