Wheels are in motion for Ceduna drivers

WHEELS IN MOTION: Eyre Futures' Wheels in Motion coordinator Jacqui Tanke and Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey. Picture: Supplied
WHEELS IN MOTION: Eyre Futures' Wheels in Motion coordinator Jacqui Tanke and Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey. Picture: Supplied

A number of future drivers in the Ceduna area are looking forward to being able to access driver training thanks to a new program to help young people who do not have access to a vehicle to get their driver’s licence.

The Ceduna ‘Wheels in Motion’ Program has used a $16,500 grant from the federal government and an equal amount from Eyre Futures to buy a car for young people to use for driver training.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey inspected the car while he was in Ceduna on Sunday.

He said the program offered an opportunity for young drivers in the region.

“The program will provide an opportunity for young people with no access to a car or a licensed driver to complete the hours of driving required for them to gain their licence,” Mr Ramsey said.

“This is a real problem for a number of our young people here and in other parts of the electorate."

Eyre Futures co-ordinator Jacqui Tanke said she was excited about the program an equity issue.

She said while the car was already available, she needed local people to volunteer to sit alongside these young drivers and mentor them through their learning hours.

Driver trainers will need to be screened and will be given a small amount of training.

Anyone who thinks they would enjoy the role can contact Jacqui Tanke at Eyre Futures.

Young people will be referred to the service by different agencies within a number of guidelines.

To contact the Ceduna Eyre Futures office, call 8625 2475.