MECGC government grant for training courses

To All Members

As you may know our Ride to Zero Grant from the QLD Govt was approved this month. We have been approved to train 100 riders, these courses need to be completed within a 12 month period. The cost of each course will be $225, the government grant will cover $175 – therefore, there will be an out-of-pocket cost of $50 for each member.

The Grant stipulates we need to engage a registered motorcycle trainer and we have enlisted the support of Stephen McDowall from SMART Rider Academy (please see below for their details)

Course Details:

  1. Courses will be run in groups of 5 riders – that is, 5 members per trainer. We will be conducting courses with a maximum of 10 riders per day (2 groups with 2 instructors)
  2. Courses will be run during the week and also on the weekend, courses will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. However weekday courses, for those who can attend, will provide SMART Rider Academy with more flexibility in dates and availability of course instructors
  3. All courses will be conducted at the Club House in the following format:
  1. a) 2 to 2 1/2 hours at the club house (Training Room) covering road craft fundamentals, cornering and braking techniques and a little bit on motorcycle maintenance
  2. b) There will be 1 hour in the parking lot to cover low speed riding skills on your bikes
  3. c) Then 2 hours on the road (5 riders with 1 instructor) to cover riding skills 

Course Variations

Currently we have several course variations that are being offered:

  • Motorcycle control in varying conditions 
  • Braking, cornering and road craft skills
  • Riding with a pillion 
  • As an extension of the above, SMART Rider Academy can also conduct a variation that would involve off-road riding in the 2-hour riding element 

This is a great opportunity for all members to brush up their riding skills and would encourage all members to participate. Please reply to this e-mail on the following points.

  • Which course you would be interested in taking.
  • Availability for mid-week courses (and day preference) or weekend course. Please note weekend course dates may be limited.
  • Also advise which additional courses you are interested in 

Thank you for your interest and input – please reply promptly in order for the Club to set dates and finalise course numbers.


President Bazz


About SMART Rider Academy

SMART Rider Academy is a privately owned Australian company established to provide cost-effective training to motorcycle riders that improves their essential roadcraft skills and enjoyment of riding.

With funding support from Queensland Transport and Main Roads, SMART Rider Academy was the first organisation in the private sector to offer subsidised training to the motorcycle community in Queensland and is now the largest provider of post-licence road-based training in the state.

In 2017 SMART Rider Academy partnered with Queensland Police Service to create and deliver the “How to keep it UP-RIGHT” program. This program has now been delivered to over 1,400 riders in South East Queensland and is the model for the new “Ride to Zero” program being offered to clubs and not-for-profit organisations throughout Queensland.

Stephen McDowall, Director and Principal Instructor, leads a training team that has worked extensively with motorcycle clubs, road safety and advisory groups and other organisations across Australia and internationally for over 20 years.