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Applications open now for seatbelt funding for buses.



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Kerry Bartlett MP The Federal Member for Macquarie

4/186 Macquarie Road, PO Box 376 Springwood NSW 2777 Ph: 4751 7494 Fax: 4751 7495 www.kerrybartlett.com kerry.bartlett.mp@aph.gov.au

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Applications Open Now for Seatbelt Funding for Buses

Federal Member for Macquarie, Kerry Bartlett, has encouraged local bus operators to apply for funding under the Seatbelts for Kids funding program.

“From today, the Australian Government has set up special web pages and a dedicated telephone enquiry line to ensure that bus operators can access the program which subsidises the cost of installing seat belts in school buses,” Mr Bartlett said.

The Seatbelt for Kids program, announced by the Prime Minister recently, will provide $40 million over the next four years to install seat belts in school buses in rural and regional areas. Subsidies of up to $25,000 a bus, and will be paid directly to private rural and regional bus operators and will see seat belts installed in at least 375 school buses in non-metropolitan areas each year, covering up to 7.5 million school student bus trips a year.

“The material available on the web site spells out the eligibility requirements; how and where to apply, and the different conditions and definitions that apply to the program,” said Mr Bartlett.

“To be eligible, the bus operator will need have an existing contract with the State Government to provide school bus services on a recognised rural and regional school bus route,” said Mr Bartlett.

“I would encourage regional school bus operators to visit the web site, or call the hotline and a make a start on the application for the subsidy,” Mr Bartlett said. “The aim of the program is to make school buses safer, so the greater the take-up, the better the result will be.

Telephone Enquiry Line: 1300 725 209

Web address for the program is: www.dotars.gov.au/roads/safety/seatbeltsforkids/

Email address for inquiries and applications is: seatbeltsforkids@dotars.gov.au

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Enquiries: 4751 7494 5 October 2007