29 August 2016

Grants give life to local road safety projects

State Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes MP is delighted to announce that the electorate will benefit from close to $150,000 worth of Community Road Safety Grants.

“The Rotary Club of Noosa successfully applied for a $130, 722 grant to roll out young driver road safety education programs in 10 Noosa schools.

“Noosa Shire Council will receive a total of $11,079 to deliver cycle skills training to disadvantaged students in 5 schools, as well as develop an education campaign for visitors and residents on how to safely use the many roundabouts in Noosa.

“Noosaville and Tewantin State Schools shared in nearly $6000 to provide cycle skills sessions and road safety education materials to grade 4 and 5 students.

“Not for profit ‘Murri’s on the Move Driving School’, which delivers affordable driving instruction to young indigenous and other disadvantaged people between Caboolture and Gympie, received a grant worth $350,000 over three years for their ‘A culture for safe driving program’.

“The State Government’s $8.4 million Community Road Safety Grants program is shared between Queensland schools, community groups and councils to improve road safety over the next three years.

“Last week was Queensland Road Safety Week, which encouraged the community to challenge the status quo and stop accepting death and serious injury as part and parcel of using our roads. 

“Last year 243 people died on Queensland roads, and given that road accidents are mostly preventable, this is 243 too many. Education campaigns are an important part of the road safety mix and I am pleased to see we are working together locally to Join the Drive to Save Lives,” Mr Elmes said.