Backing Bourke

Backing Bourke: An outback town’s bold experiment to save its young people from a life of crime, reports 4 Corners.

Australian Indigenous road fatalities as bad as sub-Saharan Africa

The number of Indigenous Australians dying on the roads is similar to the rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, and three to five times the national average, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

Driving Change program opens new roads for indigenous drivers

Research finds a “very strong link between licensing, education and employment”, reports The Australian.

New driving program assists young learners: Wollondilly Advertiser

Driving Change seeks to pair learner drivers with volunteer driving mentors, reports the Wollondilly Advertiser.

Driving Change: The Riverina Leader

George Institute research professor Rebecca Ivers said programs such as Wagga’s Driving Change were integral to giving Indigenous people greater mobility and opportunities in the workplace, reports The Riverina Leader.

Port’s Driving Change program needs more mentors: Port Stephens Examiner

More mentors are needed for the Driving Change program if it is to continue creating success stories, reports the Port Stephens Examiner.

Driving change for Indigenous kids: Daily Liberal

Dubbo’s young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and their families will have better access to employment, education and health services, with the expansion of the innovative program, Driving Change, reports the Daily Liberal.

Driving Change on the BBC

BBC News interviewed Rebecca Ivers about the Driving Change program and its benefits to the community in November 2014. Watch the video and read the article.

Driving Change discussed on air at Rhema FM

Rebecca Ivers was recently invited to talk about the Driving Change Program with Chris Goodsell, host of Rhema FM, on Friday 29 August, 2014. The radio interview will air nationally and in New Zealand on Saturday 20 September, 2014. You can listen to the pre-recorded interview here.

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AstraZeneca receives Australian Business Award for Community Contribution

AstraZeneca Australia was recognised as an ABA100 Winner for Community Contribution in The Australian Business Awards 2014.

The Australian Business Award for Community Contribution [CCA] recognises organisations that implement policies or execute projects that positively impact on the community and generate outcomes that have a long term benefit.
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NRMA and AstraZeneca’s support results in 3 new cars

Combined support from the NRMA and AstraZeneca has resulted in the purchase of three new cars for Driving Change. The additional cars will provide more young people with vital access to supervised drivers and allow them to accumulate the required 120 hours of driving practice needed to qualify for the Provisional P1 Driving Test. Click here to read more.

Taree Program Supports Young Aboriginal Learner Drivers

Driving Change Youth Worker, Jennifer Rumbel, was interviewed recently for an article that featured in the Manning River Times on Saturday, 26 July, 2014.

Through this feature story, Jennifer was able to promote the need for Learner Driver Mentors to join the program; “Many of the young people we are working with need to get their driver’s licence to access jobs but don’t have anyone to sit in the car with them as a supervising driver to gain those hours of practice they need to gain their licence”.
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NAIDOC Day Celebrations – Wagga Wagga

Driving Change Youth Worker, Alex Niki, recently participated in NAIDOC week celebrations in his home town of Wagga Wagga on Friday, 4 July, 2014.

Alex had a great day promoting the Driving Change program to the many people who attended the event at the weekend (over 1,000 attendees). Alex had the opportunity to build relationships and network with community and other services and received a lot of positive feedback from the community and other services participating at the event.

Alex was also successful in recruiting volunteers to supervise young drivers in the Wagga Wagga area. Great work Alex!

AstraZeneca staff raise funds for a community car

AstraZeneca staff have raised over $12,500 thousand dollars which has been used to purchase a community car. The car will provide young people with vital access to volunteer supervising drivers and allow them to accumulate the 120 hours of driving practice required to complete their Roads and Maritime Services Learner Log Book and qualify for the Provisional 1 Driving Test. Click here to read more.