Driving Wellington

Mitch Harland and Craig Toole
Mitch Harland and Craig Toole

A Westpac donation of $10 000 will go towards changing lives in Wellington by helping locals get their driver's licence.-

Acting manager for Westpac Dubbo, Mitch Harland presented the cheque to Birrang project coordinator Craig Toole as sign-up week started in Wellington and more than 50 people applied.-

Birrang is a community organisation offering training services to Indigenous and disadvantaged job seekers through education and training.-

Based in Orange Birrang travels throughout all of NSW and is aptly named as a Wiradjuri word for "new horizons".-

"Not having a licence is one of the biggest barriers to employment in rural and remote areas," Mr Toole said.-

"Also from the health side of it people can't travel to appointments or even for family reasons -things that a lot of us take for granted," he said.-

Over 20 people have started the course and range in age from 17-62. Some participants already have their learner's permit and Birrang will help all participants obtain their provisional licence.-

Mr Toole said often participants had years of driving experience, but didn't have their licence.-

He also said the course would break this cycle by ensuring the next generation could learn with former participants.-

It is the second time Birrang has run a course in Wellington, which couldn't have happened without the Westpac donation.-

Acting manager for Westpac Dubbo, Mitch Harland said Westpac decided to support Birrang to help raise awareness of the learner driver program so they could continue the great work they do in the community.-

"We are so proud to support communities at a grassroots level and to give a hand improving the lives of people who need it most," he said.

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