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Putting Indigenous people in the driver’s seat

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Transport for NSW, Lismore City Council and ACE have come together to create the project, which is recognised for providing the best Aboriginal driver training in NSW.

ACE will host a series of information days for people who would like to get their LR (light rigid) or MR (medium rigid) licence so they can drive community buses.

Information days will be held in Lismore and Ballina.

‘We’re putting the onus on communities to select people as drivers,’ said Jan Levy, ACE Community College’s Outreach Program manager.

‘By having Aboriginal bus drivers who can provide transport in their own communities, people will be able to get to and from events safely. It will help keep people out of court for minor misdemeanours, plus a bus licence can also be a pathway to employment.

As part of the project, ACE will also develop a user-friendly driving manual that can be accessed via smartphones.

‘There is a recognised need that these communities require driving training for young people and more bus drivers – we hear it time and time again – so this project is really something worth celebrating,’ added Jan.

‘We were absolutely cheering when we found out we’d been successful for funding. This has the potential to have a real impact in Indigenous communities.’

For more information on the project or upcoming information days, phone Jan Levy at ACE on 6621 6777 or 0429 423 116.


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