MEEDAC receives new dual-control car to assist training program for Geraldton learner drivers

Phoebe PinGeraldton Guardian
Student driver Ally Dwyer, driver trainer Carmen Simpson, Member for Geraldton Lara Dalton, and MEEDAC community programs manager Andrew Greaves Jr with the new training car.
Camera IconStudent driver Ally Dwyer, driver trainer Carmen Simpson, Member for Geraldton Lara Dalton, and MEEDAC community programs manager Andrew Greaves Jr with the new training car.

Teaching locals how to drive has just got easier for one Geraldton group dedicated to helping more people ace their driving assessments.

A new dual-control vehicle will allow the Midwest Employment and Economic Development Aboriginal Corporation to increase the capacity of its driver education program Motorvate.

MEEDAC community programs manager Andrew Greaves Jr said the program was designed to help at-risk people overcome barriers to obtaining their driver’s licence.

“The program includes all aspects from learner’s registration, logbook hours to the final probationary licence,” he said.

“During this process we hope to overcome the socio-economic disadvantage, increase employment opportunities, strengthen mental health, and assist in crime prevention.

“The new vehicle will help increase the program capacity and increase the future longevity of the program, reduce costs of maintenance, and will be suitable for safety, comfort and driving practice for learners.”

Funding for the new car was delivered as part of Labor’s $26,000 State election commitment to the MEEDAC program, with Member for Geraldton Lara Dalton saying she was proud to support the work.

“The Motorvate program is a very clever local initiative that helps build a lot more than just driving skills,” she said.

“MEEDAC are doing great work engaging young people in our community.”

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