Grant helps drive Aboriginal communities
Lismore MLC Ian West recently announced a grant of $20,500 from the NSW Government to train Aboriginal people as bus drivers in the Northern Rivers area.
Mr West said the funding would be used to recruit and train 30 Indigenous community members to obtain a minimum LR (light rigid) bus licence.
He said the initiative would provide a pool of licensed drivers that can be called upon by the community for special occasions such as funerals, sports events and meetings.
Successful completion of this project will also provide employment opportunities for local Indigenous people, Mr West said.
The project will begin on June 15 and will be run by ACE North Coast, who will provide Aboriginal support staff and trainers.
Mr West said there is a need for Indigenous people to retain their independence and a sense of well-being and the project would help provide this for Aboriginal communities in the Northern Rivers.