Coffs Coast cricket stars and fans will come together at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday 5 February for the annual Plan B Regional Bash Finals, said Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser.
Now in its fourth season, the country cricket tournament promotes drink driving prevention messages through the cricket community and already features strong sporting rivalries between NSW regions.
Mr Fraser said some of the most talented cricketers from country NSW will again be given the opportunity to play on one of the world’s iconic grounds in the tournament’s finals matches. The ACT Aces, Central West Wranglers, Coffs Coast Chargers and Central Coast Rush will all make their first appearances in the Plan B Regional Bash Finals.
Mr Fraser said playing and watching cricket is synonymous with summer in Australia and with many country players travelling long distances to matches, it’s important to promote the Plan B message.
“Going out, like going to the cricket, is about having fun and returning home safely. It’s an alarming statistic but you are four times more likely to die on a country road than you are in the city,” Mr Fraser said.
“But progress is being made – in 2018 the number of lives lost on country roads decreased by 26 (10 per cent) compared with 2017.
“The NSW Government is committed to ongoing action that will see this positive result become a strong downward trend in country road trauma.
“It’s not just fatalities – every year more than 12,000 people are seriously injured in road crashes across NSW. For many people living with the lifelong impacts of a crash, activities such as a game of cricket are no longer possible.
“I encourage players and their families travelling to Sydney for the Plan B Regional Bash Finals to plan ahead and make alternative arrangements if they are having a few drinks – we want our community to enjoy their cricket and also have a Plan B to get home safely. The road is no place for excuses – if you’re drinking, don’t drive.”