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    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    State Government moves to improve quad bike safety in Queensland

    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Thursday, March 03, 2016

    State Government moves to improve quad bike safety in Queensland

    The Palaszczuk Government today unveiled its plan to cut quad bike related injuries and fatalities in the state.

    Minister for Industrial Relations Grace Grace launched the Statewide Plan for Improving Quad Bike Safety in Queensland at the University of Queensland’s Gatton Campus.

    Ms Grace said that there were around 1500 quad bike-related hospitalisations over five years in Queensland.

    “Over the last fifteen years, quad bikes have played a role in the deaths of 69 people in Queensland – nearly a third of all fatalities involving quad bikes in the country," she said.

    “Even more tragically, one in every five of those was under 16 years old.

    “Whether these incidents are happening during recreational use or at work, these statistics are unacceptable.

    “But we’re determined to turn things around, and that’s what our statewide quad bike safety plan is all about.”

    Ms Grace said the Queensland now had one of the most rigorous quad bike safety plans in the country.

    “The plan has been developed with input from ten government agencies, and in consultation with industry associations,” she said.

    “It seeks to create a safety culture through education and awareness as the immediate first step toward improving safety outcomes for quad bike users and their passengers.

    “It also makes improving rider skill a priority, to ensure that Government leads the way in cutting quad bike injuries and fatalities in this state.”

    Ms Grace said the State Government would launch a public awareness campaign later in 2016 as part of its efforts cut Queensland’s quad bike toll.

    The Statewide Plan for Improving Quad Bike Safety in Queensland can be downloaded from worksafe.qld.gov.au.

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