NETBALL WA and Insurance Commission of Western Australia (ICWA) have teamed up for the third consecutive year to encourage people to ‘Belt Up’.
The road safety awareness initiative aims to save lives, with 6000 Belt Up branded netballs delivered to more than 1000 teams across WA.
Netball WA will also re-brand Round 6 of the Smarter than Smoking West Australian Netball League the ‘Belt Up’ Round, in order to further embed the road safety campaign throughout the netball community.
State Treasurer Mike Nahan said the campaign was particularly important in regional WA because country motorists were overrepresented in road fatalities and serious injuries.
“From July 1 this year, WA’s motor vehicle injury insurance will also be expanded to ensure that everyone catastrophically injured in a road crash from that time receives treatment, care and support for the rest of their lives, with vehicle registrations increasing by up to $99,” he said.
Netball WA chief executive Simon Taylor commended ICWA for their continued support of grassroots netball.
“The ongoing investment from ICWA represents an offset of nearly $200,000 in costs per year for our associations and clubs,” he said.
“To be able to alleviate that pressure, all while raising awareness for such an important campaign, is invaluable for the 178,000 West Australians engaged in our sport.”
If your club’s senior team would like to receive Belt Up balls, call 9380 3703.