Funding request made ‘urgent’ in fight for trauma service
A DEARTH of funding which may force the closure of a local organisation offering support after road trauma has found a champion in Member for Noosa Sandy Bolton.
Road Trauma Service Queensland runs services for victims’ families, witnesses and first responders of traffic accidents but relies on $11,000 annually to operate.
After the organisation approached Ms Bolton late last year to discuss how it could secure money, the State MP investigated the matter further.
She said staff had been looking through the organisation funding history and scouring the current funding round to see if Road Trauma Services Queensland was eligible.
“There are no funding openings at this time so we have to go outside the normals channels to secure funding,” Ms Bolton said.
“A letter has now been sent to the Minister.
“I have requested it as a matter of urgency.”
Ms Bolton said there was some grey area as to what criteria the organisation falls under.
“It crosses both in to the Department of Traffic and Main Roads and into health and mental health,” she said.
Surprised such a “vital” service did not receive adequate funding, Ms Bolton said they would work to ensure the service continued operating.
“(This service) is vital when so many efforts are going into reducing road traumas,” Ms Bolton said.
“The brutal reality is we are still going to have them (traffic accidents) and we need to be able to have that support for families after.”
She said such a service as this gave people a person to talk to who understand the situation.
“Those who have been through it can help others.”
“You don’t want to be a number at a counter but you want to be able to talk to someone who can counsel you through.”