Opening doors to economic opportunity and social inclusion

Many people dream of the day they pass their driving test.

It’s their ticket to independence, and it can open so many doors to economic opportunity and social inclusion.

But getting a driving licence can be an unaffordable luxury in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. And finding culturally appropriate driver training and skills development is rare.

Murri’s on the Move Driving School is reaching out to Indigenous learner drivers from the Sunshine Coast to Caboolture in QLD.

Following a successful pilot program in 2012, Murri’s has been helping local Indigenous youths get their learner licence and progress to driving lessons in a community car at a subsidised cost

Murri’s has the only Indigenous driving instructor on the Sunshine Coast. The goal is to provide best practice driver education and culturally appropriate engagement and training. This helps students develop safe, courteous, and lawful road user skills and behaviour.

Murri’s on the Move Driving School is a unique business model which can be replicated in other regional centres of Australia.

Kerry Turner, Director of Murri’s, approached ICV to find a skilled volunteer who could help Murri’s access funding opportunities. Volunteer David worked with Murri’s to develop a funding submission which is now in the final stages of assessment with the Department of Education.

Like Kerry, David can see the huge potential. “In the long term,” says David, “a thousand people could benefit directly, and many more indirectly.

The main benefits will be fewer accidents and fewer deaths on the road, lower incarceration rates, better access to employment and training and all that flows from this.”

We are all hopeful for a positive outcome, because it will make a real difference to the community and the lives of local Indigenous people.

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