Road safety on Australia’s regional road network has received a boost with the opening of a new driver training school in Benaraby.
Federal member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd who opened the centre on May 4 said regional Australia was disproportionately impacted by road accidents: “When we invest in road safety, it supports our regional communities as well as our continued commitment to reducing serious injuries and fatalities on our national road network.”
The centre includes 11,000 square metres of multi-purpose bitumen road, giving drivers the space to develop their technique and build their confidence without the stress or danger of traffic.
The centre also includes an unsealed area for training on rougher roads and rainy conditions.
“Being a skilled driver means being able to adapt to weather conditions, and this centre allows new drivers to prepare themselves for whatever the weather might throw at them,” Mr O’Dowd said.
The centre, leased to Central Queensland Motorsports Benaraby Inc, would operate as the Benaraby Driver Education Facility with a Registered Training Organisation to facilitate driver training under controlled conditions.
Gympie training provider Roadcraft is offering driver safety training ranging from P-platers and learner drivers to courses in advanced towing skills for recreational vehicles especially caravans.
The construction phase of the project was jointly funded with the Australian Government investing $598,000 and Council contributing $348,000. The facility also received $250,000 in seed funding from Calliope and District Enterprises, which operates the Calliope & District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank.