Funding running low

Waimakariri District Council rural safety co-ordinator Kerry Miles shows Sefton School pupils a quad bike which has been in an accident. Photo: David Hill
Waimakariri District Council rural safety co-ordinator Kerry Miles shows Sefton School pupils a quad bike which has been in an accident. Photo: David Hill
After more than a decade, the Waimakariri district primary schools rural safety programme is running low on funds.

The Ministry of Health-funded ''Down the Back Paddock'' has been run by the Waimakariri District Council in local schools for about 10 to 12 years, but funding is running out.

Kerry Miles, the rural safety co-ordinator with Injury Prevention Waimakariri, an initiative of the council, said there was enough funding to keep the programme, which is unique to North Canterbury, going for another 12 months, but he was keen to hear from potential sponsors.

''Down the Back Paddock is a rural education programme aimed at increasing children's and teachers' awareness of the risks associated with a rural environment,'' Mr Miles said.

Experts delivered messages on subjects such as large animal safety, dog safety, quad bike safety, poisons and poisonous plants, fire safety, firearm safety, rural road safety, civil defence and first aid.

While funding was an issue in the district, the police Blue Light initiative was developing the programme to spread it to other parts of the country.

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