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New road safety grants for community groups

Schools, community groups and councils around the state will share in $1 million worth of Community Road Safety Grants to improve road safety in their local area.

These Queensland government grants will help local groups to address road safety issues through grass-roots education initiatives, partnerships and other community based projects.

Some of the initiatives to be developed through this Community Road Safety Grants Round 4 funding include:

  • Bicycle education and skill sessions for school students
  • Young driver education and awareness sessions
  • Multicultural road safety programs
  • Educational programs on the correct use of baby capsules and child restraints

Read about how some groups will be using their grants:

  • Safer Toowoomba Regional Partnerships will work with Queensland Police, Darling Downs District, Toowoomba Regional Council, and local business to produce an e-learning aid for workplace training and education. The aid will be part of the Businesses Assisting in Road Safety project to increase awareness of driver inattention and how it contributes to fatal collisions and fatalities.
  • Saint Peter and Pauls School Bulimba Parents & Friends, through the Roman Catholic Church Archdiocese of Brisbane, will use their grant to bring together the council, six local schools and their families to promote road safety through the development of a Road Safety Bicycle Park at the Colmslie Beach Reserve. They will build a road safety bicycle track, a bicycle storage and maintenance facility and will also purchase 30 bicycles and equipment.
  • Kidsafe Queensland and the Queensland Injury Surveillance Unit at the Mater Hospital will produce a DVD to educate premature and neo-natal intensive care nursery workers on how to safely secure underweight babies in vehicle baby capsules. They will also train KidSafe Type 1 fitters on restraining underweight babies in premature infant carriers. Funds will be used to purchase underweight infant carriers for parents and carers to hire at a reduced cost.

Community Road Safety Grants worth $2.3 million have been distributed to Queensland community groups since August 2013.For more details on how your community group can get involved, and for a full list of grant recipients, go to community grants.

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