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    ACTIVE: Horsham Special School students, from left, Dominic Castelman, Ella Massey and Thomas Kennedy, and principal Ben Tait, right, celebrate the school receiving money for bike education programs with Department of Transport Grampians director Michael Bailey. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Student safety front of mind at Horsham Special School

Horsham Special School students have a new focus on bicycle and scooter safety. 

The school has received three State Government Safe Routes to School and Bike Ed grants to fund bicycle education and maintenance programs and a challenge initiative involving nearby Horsham West and Haven Primary School students. 

A fourth grant will fund the purchase of bicycle racks and locks, while a bicycle shed for school-owned bikes will be built soon. 

Principal Ben Tait said the grants would enhance existing efforts to promote and support safe transport to school. 

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“Riding bikes is fantastic fun and a chance for us to get out and about and see the town in a safe and active way,” he said. 

“We will have a bike shed put in shortly to look after school-owned bikes so that those who don’t have a bike can still get involved in the programs.”  

Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll announced 232 initiatives funded as part of a $1.5 million Community Road Safety Grants Program that will deliver targeted education programs and provide localised solutions to road safety.

Funding recipients in Western Victoria include Wimmera Football Netball League, Horsham Special School, Wimmera Development Association and Yarriambiack Shire Council.
This year’s grants program supports the Victorian Road Safety Strategy 2021-2030, which aims to halve road deaths and reduce serious injuries by 2030 and eliminate road deaths by 2050.

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