Wudinna shares in RAA grant funding

COMMITTEE: Richard Miles, Craig Waters, Ned Loades, Janet Foster, Brenton 'Buzz' Scholz, Josie Williams, Peter Williams and Toni Jericho. Picture: Jean Spence
COMMITTEE: Richard Miles, Craig Waters, Ned Loades, Janet Foster, Brenton 'Buzz' Scholz, Josie Williams, Peter Williams and Toni Jericho. Picture: Jean Spence

The Wudinna and Districts Road Safety Committee was among the RAA’s Regional Safety Grants recipients for 2017-18.

The Wudinna grant of $572 will go toward the purchase of solar panels to power a mobile road safety sign.

Wudinna and Districts Road Safety Committee secretary Josie Williams said solar panels would help alleviate the issues they were having with powering their variable speed trailer.

“We are pleased because it is something we are trying to keep going but the batteries were not too good and so with the solar panels it can be used continually,” she said.

“We have had it for a while but it has had a lot of battery issues and half the time it was off the road being charged.”

Mrs Williams said the sign encouraged motorists to slow down as they entered town or a community “hotspot”.

“We put it on the side of the road and it recognises your speed as you go past, so it is about making people aware of how fast they are travelling,” she said.

“It is out on Eyre Highway as you come into Wudinna, or perhaps outside of school or community events.”

The RAA announced recently funding for 12 community projects aimed at improving safety for regional communities.

Community groups from across the state applied for a grant and many successful applicants included Country Fire Service brigades, schools and community progress associations.