Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart.
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart. Iain Curry

Grants aim to improve road safety and reduce crime

THE Safer Queensland Community Grants program is now open, offering grants between $1000 and $10,000 to various groups to make a difference in their local community.

The grants are open to community groups, schools, councils, not-for-profit organisations and members of the Queensland Police Service to help in the development and implementation of projects that improve road safety or reduce crime in Queensland.

Since starting 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 Sunshine Coast, 10 grants have been awarded, totalling more than $37,000.

These grants have delivered an interactive graffiti education program in Noosa schools and increased the security and safety of the children's playground at the C&K Coolum Community Childcare Centre.

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

Suncorp representative Rowena Riddell-Oosthuizen is calling on organisations to make the Coast a safer place to live, work and play.

"Founded on the ideology of supporting our wider community, the Safer Queensland Community Grants inspires communities to rally around issues important to their local area and work together to develop solutions," Ms Riddell-Oosthuizen said.

"To date we have found that the best ideas for local communities come from local communities, which is why we are calling on Sunshine Coast residents to come forward and team up with a local community group or police station to submit an application."

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 Sunshine Coast residents during the past six years have, in some cases, contributed significantly to improving the safety of the Sunshine Coast 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."

Applications close on August 31.

Visit www.suncorp.com.au/saferqld



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