Gladstone Regional Council has approved the planned $1.2 million Central Queensland Driver Education Centre development at Benaraby.
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 the 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.”
Construction is expected to commence within three months, with tenders closing on June 16. (A tender document can be requested from http://info.gladstonerc.qld.gov.au/forms/tenders/specificTender.cfm?ID=101/16)
Planning and Development Committee chair Glenn Churchill said that in addition to the social benefits of driver education, the centre would bring significant economic benefits to the 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 the council supported the creation of the centre’s plan which includes a 10,000sq m sealed driver education pad and a 499sq m training centre building.
“The centre will be located within the motor sports precinct on the Bruce Highway in Benaraby, complementing existing motor sport activities in the area,” he said.
Central Queensland Motorsports Complex Inc president Neil Smith said the driver education centre was a culmination of the combined work of the complex committee, council and the region’s motoring and motorcycle clubs.