Townsville Central State School was awarded a grant to educate children on road safety and bike handling when riding to and from school and in everyday life.
Townsville Central State School was awarded a grant to educate children on road safety and bike handling when riding to and from school and in everyday life. Contributed

Community grants open for south-west residents

THE seventh round of the Safer Queensland Community Grants program is now open, giving community groups, schools, local councils, not-for-profit organisations and members of the Queensland Police Service the opportunity to make a difference in their local community with one-off grants between $1,000 and $10,000.

The Safer Queensland Community Grants program assists in the development and implementation of projects that improve road safety or help reduce crime in Queensland.

Since commencing in 2011, the Safer Queensland Community Grants program has awarded $1,250,000 to more than 140 community groups and members of the Queensland Police Service throughout the state. In the South West Queensland, four grants have been awarded which have helped deliver a series of road safety presentations to senior students in the Charleville area, provided security fasteners to spotlight owners in St George and helped to develop an awareness campaign with Bravehearts, targeted at personal safety amongst children.

A further $250,000 is available this year, taking the total grants pool to more than $1.5 million.

Having partnered with the Suncorp Group for seven years on the Safer Queensland Community Grants program, Queensland Police Service Commissioner, Ian Stewart is looking forward to another year of the program.

"The initiatives put forward by residents during the past six years have, in some cases, contributed significantly to improving the safety of Queensland roads and communities,” Commissioner Stewart said.

"With applications getting stronger each year, I am very much looking forward to seeing what ideas are put forward during this round.”

The Safer Queensland Community Grants program provides local community members across Queensland with a voice, encouraging them to share ideas on how to improve road safety or help reduce crime and/or the fear of crime in Queensland.

Applications for the 2017 Suncorp Safer Queensland Community Grants are now open and will close on August 31, 2017.

Interested community groups and members of the Queensland Police Service are encouraged to visit www.suncorp.com.au/saferqld for information and to apply.



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