Police praise Birrang Enterprise Development Company for Karuah driving school

SUCCESS: Karuah's Darren Weatherall gained his provisional licence at the end of a five week indigenous driver's course. Picture: Sam Norris

SUCCESS: Karuah's Darren Weatherall gained his provisional licence at the end of a five week indigenous driver's course. Picture: Sam Norris

KARUAH dad Darren Weatherall was among nearly 20 indigenous people to complete a five-week driving course last week.

The Birrang driving course covered road theory and the practical skills participants needed to attain their learner’s permit, or in Mr Weatherall’s case, step up their P’s.

“The family is over the moon,” he said.

“I work here at the RSL but we still need to get out of town for shopping and for doctors appointments.”

The car was a gift from his mother in law and was thankfully plastered in his NRL team colours.

“We’ve made the trip down from Casino with the car,” Mr Weatherall said.

“The Broncos are my team.”

Central West NSW-based Birrang Enterprise Development Company was able to conduct the course for the first time at Karuah.

Birrang no only instructs the participants it helps them settle any outstanding fines that prevent them from getting a licence.

Eleven people got their L’s last week and a further two were expected to gain them this week. Mr Weatherall was one of two people who got their P’s. 

Police from the Port Stephens local area command were pleased Birrang was able to facilitate the course.

“We’re ultimately about diverting people from the criminal justice system,” Inspector Tony Townsend said.

“From our point of view having a licence provides a pathway to employment and out of criminal behaviour.”

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