Council puts transport in the hands of the community
  • Saturday 02 July 2011

Council awarded its first ever TravelSmart Sunshine Coast Grants this week to eight successful applicants, including schools, businesses and community groups across the Coast who will implement sustainable travel initiatives that benefit their local community.

In February, council offered grants of up to $2000 for anyone wanting to encourage and improve access to sustainable transport solutions. Council received 21 applications, and awarded $13,054 to eight successful applicants.

Integrated Transport Portfolio Councillor Vivien Griffin said transport accounts for 27 per cent of the region’s greenhouse gas emissions and if left unchecked will dramatically affect our Sunshine Coast lifestyle.

"Council is committed to providing infrastructure, programs and support that will provide a range of sustainable transport choices for Coast residents and visitors," Cr Griffin said.

"The TravelSmart Sunshine Coast Grants program allows the community to take charge of the sustainable transport choices in their area and choose a program that suits their local community.

"We’ve certainly been rewarded with some outstanding submissions that will really make a difference to the local community and the travel options available to them."

Successful Applicant

Project Title

Amount funded

Tewantin Tennis Club Inc

Cycle to play, Cycle away (Cycle infrastructure installation)

$1670.00

Solutions Adult Learning Centre

All Aboard (Public Transport Information Sessions)

$1600.00

Ausmar Homes

Ausmar Ride or Pool (Cycling and carpooling initiative)

$2000.00

Buderim Lions Club Inc.

Walk to School Wednesdays

$800.00

Palmwoods State School Parents and Citizens Association

Keep those Scooters Safe! (Cycle infrastructure installation)

$2000.00

Friends of Mill Place

Skateboard/Scooter racks

$1200.00

Coolum State School

Active School Travel (Cycle infrastructure installation)

$1784.00

Pacific Paradise State School

Scooter Storage (Cycle infrastructure installation)

$2000.00

"Council’s TravelSmart Sunshine Coast Grants Program’s aim is to directly involve the community in the encouragement and promotion of sustainable transport," Cr Griffin said.

"And by creating a greater awareness of sustainable transport options, we’re hoping for an increase in active transport, and public transport use.

"We have significant opportunities and challenges ahead of us in developing and delivering more sustainable transport for the Sunshine Coast and working with the community will give us the best chance of success."