Council supports young driver education over three years

Dubbo Regional Council will provide sponsorship to the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA) program over the next three years following a resolution by Council.

At the February ordinary meeting on Monday night, Council resolved to provide funding to the program to the value equivalent of hiring Council facilities for the three-day event for three years starting in 2019.

The approximate annual cost of supporting the event will be $3100. The donation will come under section 356 of the Local Government Act.

Council has been a proud supporter of the event but Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields said there will be additional security for Rotary in the new deal.

“I am a big fan of RYDA and the work Rotary do to educate young drivers,” Councillor Shields said.

“I know this program has a real impact and that’s why I am so pleased Council has given some long term surety over funding. It is crucial this program is able to continue.”

The RYDA program is run for year 11 students to provide important education as new and prospective learners and provisionally-licensed drivers.

The program has been running for 15 years and RYDA reached a milestone recently with the 10,000th student passing through. It is testament to the widespread impact it has on young drivers.

This year the program will run on 5-7 March with NSW Police, brain injury consultants, and people affected by serious road crash trauma all giving up their time to talk to students. Approximately 600 students will attend.

Last Edited: 01 Mar 2019

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