Grants help find alternatives to driving a car
  • Tuesday 24 January 2012

If you’ve got an idea to help reduce reliance on cars for transport, then a TravelSmart Sunshine Coast grant may help get the wheels turning.

Sunshine Coast Council welcomes submissions from community groups, workplaces and schools for grants of up to $2,000 to support sustainable transport initiatives. Submissions can be made online from today until 1 March 2012.

Car-free days, social media campaigns that help change travel behaviours and cycle skills training at schools or workplaces are just some of the activities that may be eligible for a TravelSmart Sunshine Coast Grant.

Integrated Transport Systems portfolio holder and Division 9 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.

"There are so many great ideas about how our communities can get out of our cars and onto more sustainable forms of transport, but many just require some assistance to get underway.

"Workplace challenges, or simply a coordinated approach to carpooling, may be all that it takes to get people thinking about how they can leave their car in the garage and find alternative ways to get about.

"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."

Successful applications must address at least one of these objectives:

  • Encourage a reduction in the distance travelled in cars
  • Encourage an increase in sustainable transport use
  • Promote the benefits of sustainable transport.

Guidelines and online application forms can be found on council’s website. Applicants are encouraged to contact a TravelSmart Sunshine Coast Grants Officer on (07) 5475 7272 to help develop their application.