Driver support for Clontarf boys
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.
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.”