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Community Grant Scheme winners announced

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) and Suncorp Insurance today presented the first of 23 road safety and crime prevention grants for community-based projects across the state.

The QPS and Suncorp Insurance Community Grants Scheme (Road Safety and Crime Prevention) is designed to enable local communities to develop and implement projects that will improve road safety and help reduce crime and fear of crime in Queensland.

The first grant was presented on 16 August to Logan City Council by Suncorp Group CEO Patrick Snowball and Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson.

Logan City Council was awarded the $10,000 grant to facilitate education seminars titled Safety for Seniors in October 2011. Research conducted by Logan City Council and the University of Queensland in 2010 revealed that seniors’ fear of crime and victimisation may result in self-imposed isolation. The Safety for Seniors program will educate the elderly in Logan on personal safety to help alleviate the fear of crime.

Patrick Snowball said, “Suncorp is a leader in both business and community in Queensland. We will invest more than $300,000 in community projects in Queensland over the next two years.”

“As part of this investment, we are proud to support Logan City Council with a grant to assist senior citizens better enjoy their community.”

Suncorp Insurance and the Queensland Police Service were impressed with the quality of applications received and the interest expressed by Queenslanders to get involved and implement road safety and crime prevention projects to make their community a safer place.

The high calibre of applications made choosing 23 projects a difficult task. Ultimately, the committee funded projects that had the strongest potential to make a significant impact on improving road safety and helping to reduce crime.

Safety for Seniors is one of many projects funded by the scheme. Other projects receiving grants address a broad range of safety and security issues from Cooktown to the Gold Coast.

The first round of the Community Grant Scheme closed on the 15th July 2011 and the applications were assessed by a panel from the Queensland Police Service and Suncorp Insurance.

The programs receiving grants to enhance road safety are:

  • The Speed Awareness Program will provide speed awareness monitors or variable message signs for use in locations throughout Mackay.
  • Making Malanda State School Safer will improve signage and fencing at the bus stop and pedestrian crossings at Malanda State School.
  • The Cardwell School Zone Signage Upgrade project will install enhanced flashing LED signage in the Cardwell State School zone.
  • Under the Bonnet will conduct a series of personal safety strategies and basic car maintenance for women in the Ipswich district.
  • The Eastern Beach Fraser Island Sign project will reduce the incidence of crashes by increasing the visibility of signs along Eastern Beach Fraser Island.
  • The Hope Vale Child Travel Safety program will lend child capsules and booster seats for families in Hope Vale to increase the awareness of child restraints across the local community.
  • The Multicultural Road Safety Booklets project will improve road safety for those with English as a second language in the Gold Coast area by producing basic road rules booklets in Japanese and Korean.
  • Gumdale Safe School Travel Project will install new signage at the Stop Drop and Go zone to improve safety.
  • The SPARS Project will offer student education workshops and parent information sessions at Charters Towers State High School to improve road safety for young people aged 16-18.
  • Skid Lids 4 Deadly Kids will provide helmets to children in Cherbourg and run road safety education programs in primary schools.
  • AustCycle Road Safety Training will deliver accredited, safe and recognised train the- trainer programs to PCYC managers across Queensland.
  • Road Safety for Teens will run a road safety awareness campaign for youth in Rockhampton with young people involved in the development process. Driving lessons will also be provided for participants.
  • Bike Education Program will run bicycle safety programs for children aged 7-9 in Emerald.
  • Learn to be a Learner will assist young indigenous people get their learners permit in Bundaberg.
  • The School Drop Off Safety Improvement Project will run an awareness campaign to promote safety at the drop-off pick up zones at Greenslopes State School.

The programs receiving grants to prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime are:

  • The Dayboro & Region Sentinel project will install surveillance equipment and run an associated awareness programs to discourage crime in the local area.
  • The MAC Trailer project will provide additional resource to the existing Mobile Activity Centre for the Mareeba PCYC with the aim of discouraging anti-social behaviour in local youth.
  • The Cameras on Farms project will facilitate the installation of covert cameras to detect, identify and capture offenders in south eastern Queensland.
  • The Graffiti Stop will provide enhanced lighting and anti-graffiti paint for the Upper Mt Gravatt Community Kindergarten.
  • Making Murgon Safer will reduce crime by installing two security cameras in the Murgon CBD.
  • Safety for Seniors will provide personal safety seminars for senior citizens in Logan to alleviate fear of crime.
  • Active Youth – Growth Strength and Adventure is an adventure-based program based in Hervey Bay that aims to develop character, leadership and purpose for young people and reduce the presence of youth in the criminal justice system.
  • MUFC Security and Lighting Project will improve security infrastructure at the Mareeba United Football Club, thereby reducing crime.

The next round of applications for the Community Grant Scheme will open next year. Interested community groups are encouraged to check the Suncorp Insurance website early in 2012 for details on how to apply.