In an attempt to reduce the road toll, the Queensland Government is offering a second round of Community Road Safety Grants to improve programs in the community.
Local community groups are invited to submit proposals for programs that improve road safety for a share in $1.2 million in funding.
“We promised to revitalise front line services, but making our roads safer is a whole-of-community effort and it’s great that local Queensland groups have the chance to come forward with ideas to reduce the road toll,” says Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson.
The application period is open until Monday 10 March 2014, and the grants offer up to $25,000 in funding.
“We’re again inviting non-profit, school and local government groups to Join the Drive to Save Lives by delivering local road safety projects,” says Emerson. “Local ideas, adapted to local conditions, are critical to improving road safety and these grants let government, business and the community work together to target local road safety.”
PCYC QLD was among the 41 successful applicants in the first round of the grants program. The funding was used on their Braking the Cycle program, which helps disadvantaged youth obtain driving licences through a volunteer mentor network.
“Braking the Cycle was fortunate to receive two Road Safety Grants,” says Lachlan Sherrington from PCYC QLD. “The first was for research that will be completed by partnering with CARRS-Q…the second grant was for volunteer management and support, and this has also been started. A driving school has been engaged to train and mentor our volunteers to ensure they are professional and skilled for their role.”
“The program’s primary aim is to develop safe and competent drivers that have mature attitudes towards road safety,” says CARRS-Q director Professor Barry Watson. “Braking the Cycle has been termed to highlight the links between obtaining a licence, employment and good social outcomes.”
Emerson stressed the importance of local initiatives aimed at helping improve road safety and outlined what is considered before funding is granted.
“All projects must be clearly focused on road safety initiatives, particularly focusing on driver distractions and road crash injury rehabilitation programs,” says Emerson. “While we have seen a decrease in the road toll, there are still too many lives lost on our roads each year.”
Community groups looking to submit an application for the grants should take note of the PCYC’s recommendations for putting in a successful application.
“Read the guidelines, make good use of the TMR officials that are there to help, consult the community. Every little bit helps,” says Sherrington.