Currumbin invited to engage in road safety

6 Feb 2014 3:19 PMJann Stuckey

6 February 2013

Community groups, schools and local councils in Currumbin will have a second chance to make local roads safer with the next round of the Community Road Safety Grants program now opened.

 Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP is calling on locals to suggest innovative ways to tackle Queensland’s road toll with $1.2 million in funding up for grabs.

 “Local schools, council and non-profit groups are encouraged to apply for these grants with up to $25,000 in funding available over the coming five weeks for initiatives to make our roads safer in Currumbin,” Ms Stuckey said.

 “We should all Join the Drive to Save Lives, and there is no better way to deliver local road safety projects than from the local community.

 “I hope our community submits some local ideas, adapted to local conditions, to really target road safety issues that impact our area.

 The first round of the grants program last year received 76 applications with 41 successful in sharing $815,000 of grant funding.

 Among the initiatives to receive grants include:

  • Queensland PCYC to helped disadvantaged youth obtain their driver licences through a volunteer driver mentor program
  • Toowoomba Liquor Industry Action Group to trial a Maxi-taxi hire program
  • Trivia road signs on the New England and Cunningham highways.

 Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said the program was one of 60 action items in the Newman Government’s $350 million, two-year Road Safety Action Plan, launched in mid-2013.

 “While we have seen a decrease in the road toll, there are still too many lives lost on our roads each year,” he said.

 “All projects must be clearly focused on road safety initiatives, particularly focussing on driver distractions and road crash injury rehabilitation programs.”

 Applications for funding close on Monday, 10 March and more information is available at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/roadsafetygrants.

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