TAFE Western has welcomed the NSW Government’s new Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program – believing it has the potential to save lives through education and training.
TAFE Western is thrilled to be working closely with SafeWork NSW to promote the safer use of quad bikes in rural workplaces and properties.
Experienced TAFE Western teacher Peter Hickey believes safety must be the number one priority when riding a quad bike – and he’s well equipped to pass judgment, having trained thousands of farmers and students across NSW over the past 15 years in his teaching position.
“No matter how much experience you have riding quad bikes – you must remain vigilant and ensure safety is your number one priority at all times,” Mr Hickey said.
These sentiments are shared by SafeWork NSW, who are actively promoting quad bike safety on farms right across the country as part of the new Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.
SafeWork NSW Director Regional Operations and Response Tony Williams said the agency will work with the farming community, industry and training providers to take training to the bush.
“We want to make it easier for famers to access a range of educational initiatives that raise awareness of the safety risks associated with using quad bikes and what practical things can be done to reduce injuries and save lives,” Mr Williams said.
Mr Hickey said now, with a huge focus on quad bike safety and Government rebates available of up to $500 for the purchase of compliant helmets, Operator Protector Devices including rollover bars and specialised training courses, there was never a better time to consider safety training with TAFE Western.
“TAFE Western’s quad bike courses have a strong focus on safety, but also teach quad bike riders proper riding techniques, how to best use the bike without risk as well as helping to develop quality riding skills,” he said.
“TAFE’s quad bike courses are really flexible and cater for people of all ages and abilities. We can run them on weekends, we can come to you and we also provide all of the bikes. We’re committed to meeting the demands of the community to help ensure all quad bike riders have the skills and knowledge to use them safely.”
For more information about TAFE Western’s quad bike courses, please visit www.tafewestern.edu.au or phone 1300 823 393. For further information about the Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program and Government rebates, visit www.safework.nsw.gov.au.