$1.2M project that will save lives in Gladstone
The Central Queensland Driver Education Centre is another wheel-turn closer to fruition after Council approved its development at Benaraby.
Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said the project was a testament to the success of Council and the community working together to bring a vital road safety service to our region.
"The centre recently received $598,000 in funding following an application made by Council, on behalf of Central Queensland Motorsports Complex Inc, to the Australian Government's National Stronger Regions Fund," he said.
"Council and some other funding partners will match this figure to make the $1.2 million project a reality."
Planning and Development Committee Chair Councillor Glenn Churchill said the centre would provide our region's drivers, particularly young drivers, with potentially life-saving road skills.
"If this centre's education saves only one life on our roads it will be a job well done," he said.
Councillor Churchill said, in addition to the social benefits of driver education, the centre would bring significant economic benefits to our region.
"This will be one of Queensland's major driver education facilities and will draw business and tourism to our region from not just other areas of Central Queensland, but also other areas of the state," he said.
Cr Churchill said Council supported the creation of the centre's plan which includes a 10,000 square metre sealed driver education pad and a 499 square metre training centre building.