Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Local services drive change for the better in Kalumburu.

    26/06/2006 2:39 PM

    A remote Kimberley community would soon be home to more licensed drivers thanks to a new Government initiative run in conjunction with the Kalumburu Aboriginal Corporation.

    Minister Assisting in Planning and Infrastructure Tony McRae said the scheme links the Western Australian Police Service and the Department for Planning and Infrastructure, to help Kalumburu residents gain new skills and knowledge about road safety and also provide independence and enhance job opportunities.

    “Kalumburu has a population of up to 800 and although many people already drive in the community, most are unlicensed and unfamiliar with established road safety practices,” Mr McRae said.

    “When it comes to a decision between learning the basics on the go or spending time, money and effort flying to Kununurra for lessons and assessment, it is pretty obvious where the odds stack up.

    “We are changing that scenario by offering services direct to the community, with the Department for Planning and Infrastructure’s regional office in Broome making arrangements to establish the Kalumburu Aboriginal Corporation as an off-line licensing agent.

    “DPI’s Broome office manager Peter Biber worked with the corporation and local police to determine the range of services and support to be provided by the department.”

    The Minister today outlined the licensing services to be undertaken by the corporation as part of the scheme:
    • learner’s permit theory testing, including the issuance of permits for phases one and two;
    • issuing log books for learner drivers;
    • drug and alcohol theory testing;
    • issuing probationary drivers’ licences;
    • driver’s licence renewal payments;
    • vehicle registration renewal payments;
    • issuing temporary vehicle movement permits; and
    • re-issuance of lapsed licences (those that have expired for longer than five years).
    The corporation would also initiate an incentive scheme to encourage learner drivers to complete the logbook requirement of 25 hours’ practical driving, before a licence is issued.

    “This is about working collaboratively to help regional indigenous communities help themselves and the Kalumburu Aboriginal Corporation is to be commended for its proactive and energetic resolve to make a difference,” Mr McRae said.

    The Minister said the corporation would be supported by Kalumburu police, who would conduct driver assessments, with training and support provided by qualified staff from the department’s Broome office.

    The Kalumburu community, situated approximately 670km from Derby, 550km from Wyndham and 560km from Kununurra, is one of the largest in the Kimberley region.

    Kalumburu was mentioned in the Gordon Report as a community requiring special assistance to overcome incidents of violence, abusive behaviour and juvenile delinquency.

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