Fremantle Gazette

Driver sup­port for Clon­tarf boys

- Personal Safety · Society · Driving · Transportation · Industries · Clontarf · Michelle Roberts

Through th­ese driv­ing lessons as well as con­stant safety mes­sag­ing, they’ll de­velop into more con­fi­dent, safer driv­ers who will be less in­volved in traf­fic ac­ci­dents and in­fringe­ments, mean­ing the roads will be safer for all road users.

Mar­cus Har­rold

FRE­MAN­TLE Clon­tarf Academy will ben­e­fit from a fund­ing grant to help stu­dents gain their driver’s li­cense, pro­vid­ing a greater op­por­tu­nity to se­cure em­ploy­ment.

Clon­tarf gen­eral man­ager for em­ploy­ment Mar­cus Har­rold said a driver’s li­cence was es­sen­tial for young Abo­rig­i­nal men.

“Most forms of em­ploy­ment re­quire ac­cess to trans­porta­tion,” he said.

“Whether it’s at­tend­ing job in­ter­views, en­gag­ing in train­ing or the day-to-day com­mut­ing to work, a car is crit­i­cal to pro­vid­ing th­ese men with con­sis­tent ac­cess to trans­porta­tion, es­pe­cially those who do not have ac­cess to pub­lic trans­port.

“It also pro­vides th­ese men with the in­de­pen­dence to en­gage in fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, at­tend health-re­lated ap­point­ments, par­tic­i­pate in sports and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Mr Har­rold said there were sig­nif­i­cant bar­ri­ers pre­vent­ing many young Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple from ac­cess­ing ap­pro­pri­ate driv­ing ed­u­ca­tion and qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

“Many boys in our pro­gram have dif­fi­culty ac­cess­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ments, have low lev­els of lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy, can’t af­ford the var­i­ous costs as­so­ci­ated with the grad­u­ated li­cens­ing sys­tem, or lack ac­cess to a car and a su­per­vis­ing driver,” he said.

“This $25,000 grant pro­vided by the Road Safety Com­mu­nity Grants Pro­gram will allow Clon­tarf to re­move some of th­ese bar­ri­ers by help­ing the boys in our pro­gram to ac­cess im­por­tant doc­u­ments such as birth cer­tifi­cates, pay for tests such as learner’s per­mits and pro­vide pro­fes­sional driv­ing lessons to build their log­book hours.

“Through th­ese driv­ing lessons as well as con­stant safety mes­sag­ing, they’ll de­velop into more con­fi­dent, safer driv­ers who will be less in­volved in traf­fic ac­ci­dents and in­fringe­ments, mean­ing the roads will be safer for all road users.”

Road Safety Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said Road Safety Com­mu­nity Grants Pro­gram is funded from red light and speed cam­era fines.

“The range of com­mu­nity groups that have been funded shows the depth of con­cern within the com­mu­nity and the ex­cit­ing and imag­i­na­tive ways that peo­ple are re­spond­ing to the need to save lives on our roads,” she said.

“I par­tic­u­larly wel­come the project grants to Clon­tarf, which will sup­port Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple through the process of com­plet­ing their su­per­vised driv­ing hours to gain their li­cence.”

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