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Safer Queensland Community Grant takes women ‘Under the Bonnet’ for road safety

Ipswich women learnt how to protect their personal safety and perform basic car maintenance thanks to a $4,000 Safer Queensland Community Grant from Suncorp Insurance and the Queensland Police Service (QPS).

The grant was one of 52 awarded to community groups throughout Queensland from 2011 to 2012 for initiatives that promote road safety and reduce crime and the fear of crime.

The ‘Under the Bonnet – Safer Driving for Women’ project included a series of education sessions aimed to arm Ipswich women with skills such as how to change a tyre and what to do if their car breaks down.

The course also covered important aspects such as child restraint laws and smoking in cars, as well as basic vehicle care and safety checks.

Head of Suncorp Insurance, Martin Weatherhead, said the course was a great opportunity for women in the Ipswich area to learn how to better protect themselves while in the car and on the road.

“Broken down at night, on a country road is not a safe place to be. This program taught women what to do in those kinds of situations and to help prevent them in the first place,” Mr Weatherhead said.

The Safer Queensland Community Grants program is made possible by Suncorp Insurance and the QPS, and is designed to enable local communities to develop and implement projects – like ‘Under the Bonnet – Safer Driving for Women’ – that will improve road safety and help reduce crime and the fear of crime in Queensland.

“We’re doing this because we must have safer Queensland communities,” Mr Weatherhead said.

In 2013, Suncorp Insurance and the QPS have once again joined forces to help make Queensland a safer place to live, work and play by offering a third round of Safer Queensland Community Grants.

Applications open on 3 June 2013, and Suncorp Insurance and the QPS are encouraging community groups, not-for-profits and police throughout the state to apply for a one-off grant between $1,000 and $10,000 to fund their community initiative.

Interested community groups are encouraged to visit www.suncorp.com.au/saferqld for information and to apply.

Applications for the 2013 Safer Queensland Community Grants close on 31 July 2013.