Driving Access & Equity Program

Driving Access & Equity Program

Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, announced on 7 February, the recipients for Round 3 of the State Government Driving Access and Equity Program. This driver / mentor program is designed to increase access to driver training and a drivers licence for those who may not have use of a vehicle or someone to teach them, or other challenges. 

Six community-based organisations in the Goldfields-Esperance regions have been successful in Round 3 and will share in more than $3.3 million in grants, along with providers in the Mid-West and Gascoyne.  

Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, Warakurna Local Drug Action Group, McGovern Foundation Western Australian, Police and Community Youth Centres Inc, Shire of Leonora and Judumul Aboriginal Corporation will apply the funding to purchase and run vehicles, employ trainers and mentors, and provide services to assist community members gain a licence, and improve employment and social opportunities across the region. 

One of the local recipients, the McGovern Foundation, commenced working on driver training needs in the region in 2022. Through support from Workforce Australia and the Kalgoorlie Local Jobs Taskforce, the McGovern Foundation was able to access Commonwealth Local Recovery Funding to commence the Kalgoorlie Wanderer Program – a driver/mentor program that supports the individual as well as driving skills. Participants have obtained their P Plates through the program which then enables them to secure employment and apprenticeship opportunities. 

This new State Government funding will assist the McGovern Foundation to continue expand the Wanderer Program to Kambalda and Coolgardie and other organisations to commence and expand driver training and mentoring across the Goldfields-Esperance region. 

Image:  Image Jeremy McGovern with Wanderer Program participant Layla Nelson 


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