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Powell Media Release – Glass House invited to engage in road safety (3 February 2014)

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

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, is calling on locals to find innovative ways to tackle Queensland’s road toll with $1.2 million in funding up for grabs.

 “I’m encouraging our local schools, council and non-profit groups 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 Glass House.

 “I want to see our community submit 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 – 41 were 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,” Mr Emerson. 

“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. 

 -ENDS 3 February 2014

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