LICENCE ASSISTANCE FOR ABORIGINAL PEOPLE IN LISMORE AND RICHMOND VALLEY

LICENCE ASSISTANCE FOR ABORIGINAL PEOPLE IN LISMORE AND RICHMOND VALLEY

28 September 2011

Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced a transport grant of $19,000 for a project to assist in the training of Aboriginal people to obtain their drivers licences in Northern NSW.

Mr George said the funding will provide driver training, along with literacy and numeracy training for those in the community who need this assistance.

“This project was developed in response to continuing issues being faced by many Aboriginal people in the Lismore and Richmond Valley areas who do not hold a drivers licence,” Mr George said.

“This may be as a result of literacy and numeracy issues, lack of road worthy vehicles, or a lack of licensed drivers to support learner drivers to gain enough hours to sit the provisional driving exam.

“The NSW Government funding will help provide targeted training and an education program for Aboriginal people needing assistance to obtain their drivers licence,” he said.

“Fully licensed trained drivers will sit alongside the participants and support and educate them whilst they build the driving hours to be able to sit the provisional driving test. “This is one of many local initiatives that are being rolled-out across regional NSW as part of the NSW Government’s support for local and community transport solutions,” he said.

The project will begin on 17 October 2011 and run for 12 months, providing participants with 8 hours of training per week.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577