A new grants program encourages the community to put their own road safety projects into action

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier Campbell Newman

Premier of Queensland

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Spotlight on local road safety
Did you know that $2million has been set aside in a new grants program for community groups to put their own road safety projects into action? Tackling our road toll is a priority for the government, and the Community Road Safety Grants Program offers up to $25,000 to help non-profit groups and local governments take action. For example, projects that would be considered include:

  • Late night bus services to reduce drink driving in young drivers;
  • Education programs for the safe use of motorised mobility devices; and,
  • Road accident injury rehabilitation such as generic rehabilitation systems, methods, programs, units or activities.

Applications for the first round of funding close 30 August 2013.

Jesse Williams says Get Started
Right now, the second round of our Get Started sports funding program is open for applications, and I hope anyone with kids considers signing up for it. One of our greatest sporting exports, NFL superstar Jesse ‘Tha Monstar’ Williams, recently joined Sports Minister Steve Dickson and I to spread the word and his enthusiasm for getting kids involved is contagious.

Jesse is a great ambassador for junior sport, and reminds us all of the great things which can be accomplished by getting involved in sport. We were very lucky to be able to watch him go through some drills with local junior players at his home club, the Bayside Ravens, and hear him speak about his passion for helping people who aren’t able bodied get into sport.

It’s important to remember that every elite athlete has their first start at a local club, and the government is working hard to improve sport and community clubs throughout the state with this funding. The Get Started $150 voucher program gives eligible children whose families might not otherwise be able to afford it, an opportunity to join a sport or recreation club. One of the greatest things about the first round of Get Started was that more than 20 per cent of vouchers went to children who had never been members of a sporting club before. Find out more online or call 1300 656 191.

Launch of final phase of Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum
We’ve just rounded out the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum which will help keep our kids safe at all times. This final stage of the program is very important to Queensland families because it’s all about internet safety and the use of social media for years 7 to 9.
The entire safety curriculum is now available for all Queensland students from prep to year 9 and focuses on everyday challenges that teach life skills to children. For instance, the Daniel Morcombe program lets children know it is okay to say no and to tell an adult from their safety network if they think something is wrong or doesn’t feel right. I am very proud of the group effort which has gone into developing the curriculum, which has been a partnership between Education Queensland and the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, with support from Queensland Child Safety Ambassadors Bruce and Denise Morcombe.

Bruce and Denise have visited more than 240 schools and in the last 12 months they’ve delivered their important message to more than 30,000 students at 109 schools. No school has been too small or too far away for the dedicated Morcombes, and I salute their hard work over the years. Find out more in the Parent Guides for prep to year 2, year 3 to 6 and year 7 to 9 available online.

As seen in bmag issue 262