Community-first road safety funding boosted
Published Saturday, 17 July, 2021 at 02:17 PM
Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey
Not-for-profit organisations can apply for a share in $22.5 million of grants to help drive safer behaviour on Queensland roads.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said applications were being accepted for recurrent, long-term funding for eligible large-scale Learner Driver Mentor and Road Safety Education Programs over the next four years.
“These programs don’t just equip people with the skills to drive, they can open up opportunities that may otherwise have been out of their reach,” Mr Bailey said.
“In Queensland, learner drivers need 100 hours of supervised driving experience before they can take a practical test for their P1 provisional driver licence.
“There are many people out there, particularly young people, who may not have someone in their lives that can help them get those hours up.
“For them, no licence can mean no job and limited access to other services they rely on.
“Getting that driver’s licence can make a world of difference for them and their families, and that’s why the Palaszczuk Government invests in these not-for-profit programs.
“Powered by passionate volunteers and sponsored vehicles, these community organisations equip children and young people with the attitudes, skills and knowledge to become safer road users.”
Mr Bailey said funding for the programs had been increased in response to the recent number of lives lost on Queensland roads.
"The Palaszczuk Government has committed an additional $1.6 million per financial year to the Community Road Safety Grants scheme to provide more assistance to organisations across the state delivering important road safety education," he said.
"Successful programs through this scheme have not only saved lives, but have raised awareness that road safety is the responsibility of all Queenslanders.
“I encourage all eligible organisations to apply now and join us in our mission to provide young Queenslanders with the skills and opportunities to stay safe on our roads.”
Applications close on 27 August 2021 at 5pm.
Further information about the Learner Driver Mentor and Road Safety Education Programs, including how to apply, can be found at www.tmr.qld.gov.au/roadsafetygrants.
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